The 1955 Doubled Die Obverse
Fivaz Stanton Numbers:
Old FS-1-021.8 New FS-01-1955-101
The 1955 Doubled Die is considered
the KING of doubled dies. It is not
simply the king of Lincoln Cent
doubled dies, but the king of all
doubled dies. It is a Class I
counterclockwise rotated hub doubling.
Doubling can be seen on the date,IN
GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, and on
several points on Lincoln's picture.
Many counterfeits exist. It is advised
that buyers look for certified examples.
Furthermore, beware of cleaned and
whizzed examples. "Check for two faint
die scratches leading downward from
the left bar of the T in Cent to establish
authenticity" -The CherryPickers Guide
Fourth Edition Vol. 1 pg. 122. The
reverse is also slightly rotated
counterclockwise about 10 deg.
This coin is mostly found between AU -
MS 65. It is extremely unlikely to find a
Good or Fine example.
It is estimated that 20,000 of these
exist. It has been reported that many
of these were shipped to vending
machine operators who used them as
change for cigarettes.