Identifying the 1955 Doubled Die (DDO) is a little less complicated because a single die was used to strike the obverse and only one for the reverse. So every 1955 DDO is the same and can be authenticated the same way. However this guide for authenticating only the 1955(P) 1-DO-001 because it is the most valuable and counterfeited Lincoln variety.

First, the coin must have doubling on all numbers, letters, and the bust of Lincoln. Second the lettering and date should look rounded on top and not flat (as many counterfeit strikes are flat strikes). Third, look under the crossbar of the T, on the left side of the horizontal stem, and look for very light die cracks. Any 1955 DDO must have these die cracks or it's not authentic.
1926-S Lincoln Cent Wheat Image
FACTS:
The mint mark is under the date on the obverse, and no “P” mint marks. The V.D.B. is on the reverse and at the very bottom of the coin for 1909 dates only. Some 1909 Wheats don't have V.D.B and are less valuable than 1909 dates with the initials. The dates 1910-1917 don't have the designer's initials V.D.B. The dates 1918-58 have the V.D.B. on the bottom of Lincoln's shoulder, next to the rim, of the obverse.

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Lincoln Wheat Cents 1909-Present
1943 Lincoln Wheat Steel Cent
The Steel Cent was produced in 1943 only, and minted by the Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Denver Mint. There are reports of copper 1943 Cents, but an authentic copper or bronze cent will not attract a magnet, and most are copper plated, steel cents. However, there's a few authentic 1943-D copper cents and they can sell for over $1,000,000!

SPECIFICATIONS:
Designer: Victor David Brenner, Diameter: 19 millimeters, Metal content: Steel - 100%, coated with a thin layer of Zinc, Weight: 42.0 grains (2.7 grams)




Cherry Picker's List:

Varieties-Errors-Key and Semi-Key Dates:
1909-S VDB                       
1909-S                                
1909-S Over horizontal S
1911-S
1911-D Over D (RPM)
1914-D Image identification                          
1914-S                                
1917-P Doubled Die Obverse PICTURE
1922 No D Image Identification
1931-S
1936 Double Die Obverse Image                            
1955 Double die Image
1970-S Doubled die
1941 Double die reverse: Doubling of the date and LIBERTY.
1943-D The D is stamped over another D (RPM)
1943-P  Copper planchet found.
1944-D Doubled Die Obverse
1944 D/S Variety 1
1944 D/S Variety 2 
1946 S/D
1955-D Stamped over a horizontal D.
1955-P  No VDB.
1955-P  Lincoln Wheat Cent Double Die cent Image
1956-D D Stamped over a D mint mark.
1958-P  Double die obverse.
1959-D First year for Memorial reverse, check for wheat reverse.
1960-D D over D RPM PICTURE
1960-P  Look for Small Date variety, the 6 has a shorter stem than normal.
1963-D Check to see if the 3 in the date is struck over another 3.
1968-D D mint mark stamped over another D.
1968-D Doubled Die Obverse
1968-D Double die reverse, strong doubling in the word AMERICA.
1969-S  Lincoln Memorial double die, all design features strongly doubled.
1970-S  Small date DDR, strong doubling of TRUST & LIBERTY.
1970-S  Small Date high 7.
1970-S  Level 7. The 7 is level with rest of date.
1971-P  DDO on LIBERTY & IN GOD WE TRUST
1972-P  Lincoln Memorial Cent with a doubled date. PICTURE
1973-P  No V.D.B.
1976      Doubled Die Obverse
1980-D A shadow of an S mint mark struck above the D.
1982-P  Doubling of IN GOD WE TRUST.
1983-P  Doubled die reverse doubled, IN GOD WE TRUST doubled.
1984-P  Doubled ear, look at the ear lobe. PICTURE
1984-D  Doubled Date.
1988-D   Doubled Die Obverse
1989-P  No VDB.
1989      RPM Image
1994-P  Doubling of the last three columns on reverse.
1995-P  Double die, LIBERTY doubled.
1995-D Double die obverse, strong doubling of the date and LIBERTY.
1997-P  Double Die, look at the ear lobe like the 1984.
1998-P Wide AM reverse Lincoln Memorial Cent.
1999-P Wide AM reverse Lincoln Memorial Cent.
1999-P There may be double dies varieties.
2000-P Wide AM in America.
2003-P May be doubling of the steps, experts say “yes”, mint says “no”.
2004-D Doubled Die Reverse
2006-P Double Die Obverse
2007     Doubled Die Reverse (Look at the Memorial's Columns)
2009     Doubled Die Reverse (Lincoln's thumb, Formative years)
2010     Doubled Die (Look for doubling of LIBERTY)
2011      Doubled Die Obverse

LINCOLN CENT MINT ERROR PICTURES
Buying, Collecting, Searching Lincoln Cents

Lincoln Cents are very popular to collectors, especially with mint error and variety collectors, and those looking for a rare and valuable error to "cash-in". It appears that every year and mint has some variety or error and collectors and dealers alike buy them by the thousands, in boxes of rolls, bags and collections. Many new errors and varieties are being found each year, as well as, valuable errors and varieties already discovered.

The Lincoln Cent has been minted for well over 100 years, and mintages have been in the multi-millions to multi-billions, so there's plenty to search and plenty of collections, rolls and bags that have not been searched. It's easy to obtain rolls from a bank for face value, and sometimes can be bought in collections for for a little over face value. It's no wonder their wide appeal to collectors.

Why wouldn't a collector, armed with the latest Cherry Pickers Guide or Strike It Rich With Pocket Change books, not search through rolls or just their pocket change, to find a hidden gem or be the discoverer of a new error or variety? It's something that can be done with family members or to pass time on a cold or rainy day.

Furthermore, with the increase in values, low mintage coins are still to be found in unsearched lots, rolls and collections. It's a fact, you can't lose anything when you obtain Lincoln Cents at face value, you can always get your money back.

Words of caution: If you're a collector or plan on searching Lincoln Cents then be wary of whom and where you buy them from. Ebay has hundreds of lots, and many claim to be unsearched, others claim a rare end coin in the roll, but it's not always true. If you would rather not buy cents at your local bank then look for mint sewn bags, original bank-wrapped rolls (watch for sellers and dealers who bank-wrap their own), or purchase lots from dealers who have a good track record for being honest on what they sell.

You should do some research on what a actual and original bank roll should look like, and stay clear of rolls wrapped in modern looking wrappers. If a seller is hyping up their rolls and lots with terms like "estate", "unsearched", "jar found", "box of mystery coins", "long lost hoard", etc., then check their feedback and reputation. Many of these sellers have very recent and multiple negatives and I can't recommend buying from them. I don't and you shouldn't.

I have been selling on ebay since 2002 and my two ebay id's are coinscoinscoin and coinauctionshelp, and I have watched certain sellers trying to sell, the same product with the same story or promise, for years.

I have a few detailed guides to help you buy coins at ebay and the links are below. I encourage you to read them and take heed to what they say.

How To Buy Unsearched Rolls And Lots

Unsearched Cent Rolls (Schemes & Scams)

Also, check out our Lincoln Cent Grading Guide and Value Chart


Here's Lincoln Wheat Cent the values for each date, mint and grade Lincoln Cent Price Guide & Mintages
SPECIFICATIONS: 1909-58 (Exceptions 1943)
Designer: Victor David Brenner, Diameter: 19 millimeters Metal content: Copper - 95%, Tin and Zinc - 5%, Weight: 48 grains (3.11 grams)

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1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln Cent Identification
1914-D Lincoln Cent Identification
1922 No D & Weak D Lincoln Cent Identification
1955 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent Identification
Idenitfying a 1909-S V.D.B. is very important to collectors since this date is worth a good deal of money and many fakes have been made to fool collectors. The 1909-S V.D.B can be identified by a few facts about the dies that were used to strike the entire mintage of this date and mint. Only four days were used to strike all 1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln Cents.

Every S mint mark for the 1909 will have a small dimple (notch) inside the first loop of the S and rest against the curve of the loop. (Check close-up image of the S mint mark). Sine only four dies were used to strike this date and mint there's four different orientation for the mint marks. It's good to know these since counterfeiters and coin doctors either ignore or don't know this fact.

Also, the mint mark is boxy in appearance so it's almost as wide as it is long, but not completely. Often counterfeits or fakes will make the use of a coin or die from a different date and mint so the mint mark will not look like a 1909-S mint mark.

Also, the V.D.B. on the 1909-S V.D.B. is distinct and must share the same characteristics as the V.D.B. in the image provided, if not then it's not authentic.
Identifying the 1914-D Lincoln Cent is easy once you know what to look for, the mint mark has an angular shape of the middle opening and this is disctinct to the 1914-D. The innner shape of the D can look a bit different when the coin has been worn or has a contact mark. So look for the outer shape of the D to be straight on top and bottom with small curve in the bottom part of the mint mark.

Also look at the bottom, in between the bottom of Lincoln's cloke and the rim, and look for a small diagonal die crack (See image below). Also, authentic 1914-D cents will NOT have a v.d.b. under Lincoln since they didn't start putting the designer initials back on the cent until 1918.

I have seen many 1944-D Lincoln Cents that were altered to look like a 1914-D and these are always obvious since there's too much space inbetween the 4 and 9 were the innner 4 was carved out to look like a 1. Many counterfeits have been struck but they don't campare in the sharpness in details as the authentic 1914-D.
The 1922-D is a controversial Lincoln Cent variety and is a cause for much confusion, so you must know that the true value is a 1922-D with absolutely no trace of a mint mark and a strongly struck reverse is the kind of this variety.

You can identify the most sought after 1922-D by learning several facts: One the no sign of a mint mark can be present, not even a slight trace; the reverse must be strong in strike and well detailed compared to the obverse; the TRUST on the obverse will most usually be well struck but the rest of the motto will be weak, and the second 2 tends to be better struck than the rest of the date.

All other descriptions will either signal a lesser value or that a 1922-D has been altered to look like a 1922 No D.

The first image, above, is of a true 1922-D Lincoln Cent and the second image is of a weak D and you can see a slight trace of the D mint mark. So if you want a true and authentic 1922 No D Lincoln Cent then pay close attention to the area where the mint mark is supposed to be, and look for signs of polishing or whizzing that might hint at the mint mark being removed after it was minted.

Also, make sure the reverse is struck better than the obverse, even on worn coins it's obvious that the reverse will look like a normal struck Lincoln Cent reverse while the obverse will have inconsistancies from being over-used and polished to save the dies, so the Denver Mint could use them longer.
Images By Date and Mint
1909
1909-S VDB
1909 VDB
1909-S
1909-S Over horizontal S
1910
1910-S
1911
1911-D
1911-D Over D (RPM)
1911-S
1912
1912-D
1912-S
1913
1913-D
1913-S
1914
1914-D
1914-S
1915
1915-D
1915-S
1916
1916-D
1916-S
1917
1917-P Doubled Die Obverse
1917-D
1917-S
1918
1918-D
1918-S
1919
1919-D
1919-S
1920's Series Weat Reverse
1920
1920-D
1920-S
1921
1921-S
1922-D
1922 Weak D
1922 No D
1923
1923-S
1924
1924-D
1924-S
1925
1925-D
1925-S
1926
1926-D
1926-S
1927
1927-D
1927-S
1928
1928-D
1928-S
1929
1929-D
1929-S
1930's Series Wheat Reverse
1930
1930-D
1930-S
1931
1931-D
1931-S
1932
1932-D
1933
1933-D
1934
1934-D
1935
1935-D
1935-S
1936
1936 DDO Type I Most Valuable
1936 Brilliant Finish PR Only
1936 Satin Finish    PR Only
1936-D
1936-S
1937
1937-D
1937-S
1938
1938-D
1938-S
1939
1939-D
1939-S
1940's Series Wheat Reverse
1940
1940-D
1940-S
1940-S/S/S
1941
1941 Double die reverse
1941-D
1941-S Look for DDR
1942
1942-D
1942-S Look for RPM's S/S - S/S/S
Zinc Coated Steel Planchets
1943
1943 DDO
1943-P Copper instead of steel
1943-D
1943-D/D RPM
1943-D Copper (Rare)
1943-S
Copper Planchets Resumed
1944
1944-D
1944 D/S Variety 1
1944-S
1945
1945-D
1945-S
1946
1946-D
1946-S
1946 S/D RPM
1947
1947-D
1947-S
1948
1948-D
1948-S
1949
1949-D
1949-S
1950-58 Series Wheat Reverse
1950
1950-D
1950-S
1951
1951-D
1951-S
1952
1952-D
1952-S
1953
1953-D
1953-S
1954
1954-D
1954-S
1955
1955 DDO
1955-D
1955-S
1956
1956-D
1957
1957-D
1958
1958-D