Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1942 wheat penny


I have a 1942 wheat penny that appears to be miss struck.  The print on both sides of the coin are off center.  I can sent pics if you like.  I've been trying to find information, but I'm coming up empty.  Any ideas?


Sounds like an off center strike. These happen from time to time when a planchet fails to enter the die chamber properly and the retaining collar doesn't keep it in place as it is struck. The planchet only receives the design from that part under the dies. The value is dependent of date, mintmark, percent off center, strike and or course, overall condition of the coin. Coins from the 1940's are more scarce than modern day coins, so if you do have a n off center the retail value is likely in the $25 to $75 range. The highest value would be for one with a full date about 50% off center in uncirculated condition.

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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.


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