The Lighter Side of Coins and Currency
Errors, Varieties, Found in Rolls, Unique and Interesting Coins and Currency
The FlipOver Double Strike is rarer than a standard doubleStruck coin. These coins begin as a normal, standard strike. they are then flipped and return into the striking chanber, in collar and restruck. This example sold at auction in Jan, 2015 for $1997.50
When the planchet was punched out of the coinage strip, it had two clips: one a straight clip that cut off what would have been the top of the obverse, and the second an irregular, curving clip that cut off a wedge at the lower obverse. The result is this dramatic bow-tie clip, lustrous with light gold-gray toning.
This incredible example of an off-center Wheat cent was provided by NumisAntics follower Todd Abshire. Off center wheats are hard to find in any condition but this one survived in MS64 condition as certified by NGC. Add the incredible iridecent blue and purple toning and you have yourself something very special indeed. This coin is sure to make all collectors of toned specimens drool with envy.
Though only the upper tips of the digits in the date are visible, three factors allow for conclusive identification. The piece is a silver-clad proof in the vein of the "brown-box" Ike dollars, which narrows the possible dates to 1971-1974. The last digit in the date shows a rounded top, further limiting the potential candidates to 1972 or 1973. The islands on the tiny Earth on the reverse show the strong definition of the "modified high-relief design," which was used only from 1973 on, which finally provides a conclusive date.
This piece was struck twice out-of-collar and off-center. The first strike was only slightly off-center toward 6 o'clock on the obverse, while the second strike shows a more pronounced shift to the south. On the obverse, ghosts of the underlying Eisenhower portrait appear at the left of his profile, and the S mintmark from the first strike is visible near a small gap that appears on his neck. A minimally toned and immensely interesting proof error.
The example sold for $17,250 in Jan 2008