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mintage figures
Philadelphia : 420,745,000
mintage classification : URS-30
population in circulation : 9
circulation classification : URS-4
percentage of circulation : 0.18%
Denver : 1,098,201,100
mintage classification : URS-32
population in circulation : 12
circulation classification : URS-4
percentage of circulation : 0.24%
Philadelphia (proof) : 669,384
mintage classification : URS-21
Total : 1,519,615,484
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this year in history...
  • On May 21st, the first known airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped from a B-52 over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Proving Ground.
  • On July 26th, Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria is struck by the Swedish liner Stockholm about 60 miles southof Nantucket. The Andria Doria sinks, but the Stockholm makes it to port on her own. 50 people died in the mishap, but nearly 1,650 are saved.
  • On October 8th, Yankee pitcher Don Larsen pitches the first perfect game since 1922, and the first everWorld Series perfect game and no-hitter.
  • On April 25th, Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" goes to number one on the charts.
Specific notes about this year's cents...

  • This year's cents are specifically noted for having many obverse doubled dies, especially class IV "doubled eyelids". These doubled dies are rather common among all years 1955-1964, but are especially numerous on 1956 cents, especially theDenver minted coins. They appear as an extra eyelid usually to the southeast of the primary eyelid.
  • This year's Denver minted cents are known for some impressive mint mark varieties, especially the repunched mint mark (RPM) varieties in which the secondary mint mark punch is completely separted from the primary mint mark.
  • Even though this year marks the first year since 1934 in which there are no S (San Francisco) minted cents, at least two different over mint-mark (OMM) varieties of D over S cents are known. It is believed these exist because the mint decided not to make any cents at San Francisco until after the dies for this year had been manufactured.
  • This is the first year in history that any denomination's mintage at one facility reaches 1 billion. The Denver mint's production of cents this year reaches a staggering 1.098 billion coins, up over half a billion from their production of cents in 1955.

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