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mintage figures
Philadelphia : 330,580,000
mintage classification : URS-30
population in circulation : 7
circulation classification : URS-3
percentage of circulation : 0.14%
Denver : 563,257,500
mintage classification : URS-31
population in circulation : 1
circulation classification : URS-1
percentage of circulation : 0.02%
San Francisco : 44,610,000
mintage classification : URS-27
population in circulation : 0
circulation classification : URS-0
percentage of circulation : 0%
Philadelphia (proof) : 378,200
mintage classification : URS-20
Total : 938,825,700
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this year in history...
  • On the 7th of January Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at the Met (New York City NY).
  • The first Presidential news conference was filmed for TV (Eisenhower).
  • On the 12th of February President Eisenhower sends the first US advisors to South Vietnam.
  • Elvis Presley makes his first TV appearance on the third of March.
  • On 5 April Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him.
  • On the 18th of April famous scientist and relativity theorist Albert Einstein dies.
  • On April 22nd, Congress orders all U.S. coins to bear the motto In God We Trust.
  • On the 14th of May the Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania.
  • Bill Haley & Comets, "Rock Around the Clock" hits #1 on the 6th of June.
  • On June 23rd Walt Disney releases "Lady & the Tramp." Two weeks later, Disneyland opens its doors in rural Orange County, California.
  • October of this year is a big month for new television shows that turn out to be classics - "The Honeymooners","Alfred Hitchcock Presents","Captain Kangaroo", and "The Mickey Mouse Club" all premier this month.
  • On December 5th, Rosa Parks begins her famous bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.
Specific notes about this year's cents...

  • This year is known for having the strongest spread doubled die obverse in the entire Lincoln cent series. The famous "king of kings" 1955-1DO-001 is perhaps the best known die variety in the world. Due to this notoriety, it is also very commonly counterfeited (click to see the article). Be very wary when making purchases of uncertified specimens of this die.
  • Many cents from this year are struck with extremely worn out dies. These are marked by abraded die doubling and devices merging with the rim due to die wear. Many people call these coins "poor man's double dies", but they are no more doubled dies than the moon is made of cheese. Click here to read the article about these coins and find out the real scoop.
  • Due to the above mentioned doubled die rolls of this year's Philadelphia mint cents, especially those proported to be original bank wrapped and sealed rolls, are selling for astonishingly high prices online (mainly eBay). Prices listed in the Coin Dealer Newsletter show these rolls to be at under $15 per roll retail value, yet they have been known to sell for as much as $250 per roll at auction. If you really like high risk and high stakes, go ahead and buy them at these prices. If you are more conservative, like me, these prices should be avoided at all costs. There are indeed still plenty of decent rolls to be found at much more realistic prices.

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