Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1913 S Lincoln Penny


Lincoln 1913S
Lincoln 1913S  

Lincoln 1913S
Lincoln 1913S  
Hello Mr. Fern,

I was going through my penny jar the other day and found this wheat penny.  A 1913 S! My question is: Since the S is more of a blob than anything, could it be an error? From different angles it looks like it could have a D over it. One angle in particular looks like the D is backwards.....You may have guessed, I'm not a collector so I'm very grateful for anything you can tell me. And, if it's allowed, can you give me an idea of the value?



From your photos, the coin appears to be a normal 1913-S cent in very good condition. The approximate value of the coin is $9.00. Mint marks can sometimes look "mushy", especially on older or worn coins. Prior to the 1980's, mint marks were punched onto the die surface after the die was made, sometimes causing doubled or even over mint marks. Keep looking. The 1950's have a lot of them out there.

By understanding the minting process, you can somewhat easily determine which coins have real errors. or

Sometimes people try and fool you into thinking you have a real error coin. Here are examples of coins either being altered or damaged.
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Here are two sites to check actual real error values:

If you live close to a local shop, they should offer an opinion as to the value at no charge. Always try and get at least two opinions and try and deal with PNG dealers if possible. If you should decide to sell your items to a dealer, remember they will offer about 50% to 60% of the retail value. Here's a link to find one in your area:

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

Awards and Honors
1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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