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How Long Did It Take You To Find Your First Lincoln Cent Error?

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 Posted 09/24/2020  1:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add levelsofmadnes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
east coast VS west coast ...
aka
philly mint VS denver mint

for what ever reason, we on the east coast appreciate the philly mint minting more varieties.

my top two recommendations for new CRH:
1. understand what a doubled die is
2. search both sides of all coins thoroughly
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 Posted 09/24/2020  1:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Levelsofmadnes makes a good point. I'm on the east coast, and for whatever reason the Philly mint definitely makes more screwups than Denver does (especially on more recent coins).

Edit: While major doubled dies are very rare, and even minor doubled dies on older coins are quite scarce, single squeeze (1997 and later) doubled dies are extremely common. I generally find about 25-50 doubled column in the center bay DDRs on Lincoln memorial cents per box.
My best finds:
1996 DDO-001/FS-101: http://goccf.com/t/372066
Two 2000 WAMs in a box: http://goccf.com/t/375240
1995 DDO-001/FS-101: http://goccf.com/t/376071#3225244
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09/24/2020 1:48 pm
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 Posted 09/24/2020  1:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Tom smith coin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have not hunted many boxes but the first box had a 2000 wide AM in it so I got very lucky. I think it just depends on where you live and what you are looking for.
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 Posted 09/24/2020  1:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add atticguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll have to be blunt and say I'm NOT looking for any. What coins lots of 'collectors' call 'errors' or 'varieties' I call them damaged or junk coins. For me, the more 'perfectly made' coin is a plus.
Sometimes it seems that a third of new posts are from (mostly) newbies who read somewhere online that they can make hundreds or thousands of dollars by finding pennies that have filtered past the Mint's quality control and end up in pocket change. While I do see coin searching as a fine and relaxing hobby, I am pretty much shocked at how this trend has erupted as of late.
I know that lots of people are finding varieties and errors, but are they selling? Are there people out there who need to buy 15 different 1983 Lincoln cents at $10-a-pop to have a complete set?
To me, the variety side of coin collecting is like buying a new car with one fender painted a different color; or paying more for a new house with windows not installed.
I expect to be lambasted for my views on this, but if someone can explain to me WHY the "V&E" side of collecting is growing, it might help me understand it better.
OK, I'm going to hold my umbrella over my head now and wait for responses,
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 Posted 09/24/2020  1:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It really all depends on "if" you know what to look for. Errors and varieties are two different things also. You will find way more varieties than errors. I have looked through 5+ million cents (so far). I find something in each roll more often than not. There have been times where I have been skunked by an entire box,but not very often. You need to familiarise yourself with what to look for before you go looking. Bookmark this site and read it every day a little at a time. http://www.error-ref.com/doubled-dies/
Good luck.
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 Posted 09/24/2020  2:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Too, volume is key. Looking through Two Cent rolls per month is a bit different than 400 rolls per month.

My core motivation is based on simply liking coins--not squeezing every dollar possible out of what I gather. Coin hunting/collecting is fun--filling Dansco albums with quality coins, setting aside nice toners and stupendous errors, and on and on. Whether I sell anything or not is not terribly important to me. To each in the hobby, their own.
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 Posted 09/24/2020  3:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Grelko to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
how long did it take you to find your first error?


I used to collect coins when I was younger, then again about 5 years ago, but don't remember any of those errors.

When I recently got back into coin collecting, I got 2 boxes ($50) of Lincoln cents, plus $50 of other change.

I made a membership on here August 9th. Found my first "error" on August 12th. http://goccf.com/t/380201

First DDO September 2nd, first DDR September 14th. Both are very minor, but I still say it counts.

I've found many other "minor errors" and some RPMs between August 9th and now, but it really depends what you're looking for. I was looking for absolutely anything and everything.

It also depends on how many coins you search through and getting lucky I suppose.

If I remember correctly, another person has been trying to find their first DDO for over 3 years.

Keep reading/learning and study the pictures at varietyvista or other sites and I'm sure you'll find something soon.

Looking for "any" error is just like taking a chance at rolling dice.... well, more like flipping a coin. For the "big errors", it's more like playing the lottery. Sometimes you get lucky, most of the time you don't.
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09/24/2020 3:31 pm
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 Posted 09/24/2020  6:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Smack2k to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the answers...

Im usually looking for doubled die or wide / close AMs, so far no luck.....unless the doubling is so slight I'mámissing it....

My day will come!
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 Posted 09/24/2020  7:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add onebakedpotato to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have been searching for almost 2 years (but not any large quantity) and I may have just found my first significant find, But I am not sure, so I just posted in this forum about it. 1968 D Doubling.
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 Posted 09/24/2020  10:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Volume is one of the keys, the other is developing an eye for it. For me it took 15+ boxes to find my first significant error coin, a spilt planchet cent. Machine doubled cents are fairly common, and in my opinion, not worth keeping unless very noticeable. Strangely, my first Wide AM was found in a roll of Canadian cents I held onto for a bunch of years.

My best advice would be to keep searching, read everything you can here on CCF as well as other internet resources. There are a couple of good books available, but I won't go into those now. Keep searching, question everything but don't be discouraged. Keep plugging along!


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 Posted 09/24/2020  10:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@atticguy I'm not sure 1. Why you're on the variety and error forum if you feel that way, and 2. If you actually understand what a variety or error coin is from your description. A variety is not struck any less well than any other coin, and, ideally would be found with as good a strike as possible from an early state die to make the variety more visible. Varieties are qualities of the dies themselves, and while some (e.g. doubled dies) could be described the way you did with the car analogy, many like close and wide AM varieties, other obverse and reverse design varieties, mint mark styles, etc., are not defects in the die at all, but are just examples of a coin design from a given year that is different from other coins minted in the same year (like buying the one green car in a lot of red cars. They're all painted properly, but one is different and rare). As for errors, you talked about people posting beat up coins on here... you realize 99.9% of those beat up coins are not errors, right? Not really sure how to respond beyond that. An error does not look like beat up pocket change when it leaves the mint. It might be found in a beat up state, but the damage is not the error.
My best finds:
1996 DDO-001/FS-101: http://goccf.com/t/372066
Two 2000 WAMs in a box: http://goccf.com/t/375240
1995 DDO-001/FS-101: http://goccf.com/t/376071#3225244
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 Posted 09/25/2020  12:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add atticguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Why you're on the variety and error forum if you feel that way,
Because when I log into CCF, it takes me to the "Newest 20 Topics". I do try not to scroll through them but sometimes a topic 'catches' me.
Right now, 9 of the 20 topics are about clad errors.
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09/25/2020 12:03 am
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 Posted 09/25/2020  05:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ijn1944 said it very well, and I agree.
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 Posted 09/25/2020  08:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@atticguy okay, but you only responded to 1, not 2.
My best finds:
1996 DDO-001/FS-101: http://goccf.com/t/372066
Two 2000 WAMs in a box: http://goccf.com/t/375240
1995 DDO-001/FS-101: http://goccf.com/t/376071#3225244
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 Posted 09/26/2020  08:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Petespockets55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with ijn1944 as well. Errors and varieties bring different images to my mind. (think dogs vs. wolves- both are canines).
To the op's question, I feel fortunate to have come across a dramatic doubled die within the first 3-4 months when I resumed collecting in 2013. Those rolls of wheats I was buying must have been somewhat unsearched to come across that 1917 DDO.

Another category of collecting is well struck early die state coins as mentioned by atticguy. I'm going to guess AG has been a collector a very long time, and goes back to a time when they were more readily available. His area of collecting is highly desirable and what most collectors "OOOO and Ahhh" over when they learn to appreciate high quality coins. But it takes patience and somewhat deep pockets to compete for those "perfect" examples since they will not fall into your hands after buying a cup of coffee. He probably won't find a high quality early die state coin for his collection looking through bricks from the bank either. But that's ok, because he is happy with his system and collection.

Errors and varieties can be found by most people with the patience and diligence to search everyday coins. Nobody likes to spend weeks looking at boxes of coins with nothing to show for it. To keep my mind occupied and spirits up in between error or variety finds, when I can the find time to search, I usually separate my copper cents from the Zincolns.
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