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1950 wheat error?
1950 wheat error?  

Normal 1950 wheat back
Normal 1950 wheat back  
I discovered this and thought it might be an error coin.The 5 is touching the Daily mint mark, which is unusual compared to my other 1950 Wheat back cents. What do you think?

lincoln 1c w/touching mm
lincoln 1c w/touching  

Rather than an error, a mintmark variation. The dies were all made in Phila, and shipped to the Branch Mints (Denver and San Francisco), where the "D" or "S" was hand-punched into the master dies. A number of dies were made and in some years there is quite a variation in the mintmark locations on the dies striking the coins. At best, they are minor in nature, and perhaps worth a buck or two premium for the most extreme locations to an interested collector.

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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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