1985 Penny Errors and Varieties

You may have noticed an error on your 1985 penny. These errors are not always caused by mistaken minting, but can be caused by post-mint damage. To avoid getting caught out, collect coins that don’t have any significant damage. In addition, keep an eye out for the dates on your coin and save odd-looking coins until you rule out the possibility of an error. After all, the 1985 penny is a popular choice among collectors.

Another unusual error you might notice on a 1985 penny is a Type II counterclash. This is an uncommon type of counterclash, and occurs when the die is struck twice by a piece of metal that is too hard to remove. During the strike, the die face is damaged and the coins struck after a Type II counterclash will have raised design elements in an unexpected location. These errors are easy to spot because the coins are incredibly rare, but it is a good idea to keep an eye out for them.

While 1985 pennies were minted in billions, the Denver Mint produced the largest quantity of coins. This version is referred to as a 1985-D penny and is stamped with the “D” mintmark. These coins are less desirable than 1985-D pennies, which have a cheaper copper-plated zinc composition. Uncirculated specimens typically have a value of just a few cents, but the most valuable 1985-D penny sold at auction for $5,635 in 2010.

Another mistake on the 1985 penny is a wide am error. These coins are characterized by a wide am error, and may have a high value if they are highlighted. In addition, the wide am penny may be an error caused by the copper printing process. If you find a 1985 wide am coin with a mint error, it could have a large mintage of 10 billion pieces. If it is a wide am penny, its copper layer will peel off and the letters will be spaced too far apart.

There are many varieties and errors on 1985 pennies. Some of the most noticeable errors are clipped planchets and off-center coins. Some examples may have multiple clips. The clips can be straight, wavy, or jagged. Depending on how many there are, these errors can increase the value of your coin. If you have a 1985 penny with multiple clips, it may be a great investment! So, keep an eye out for errors on your 1985 pennies!

While most RPMs are minor, there are some significant errors that stand out. These types of errors are caused by a combination of deliberate and unintentional die variations. While intentional die errors are more rare, they may be present in any given coin. Some examples are 1959 Lincoln cents with the Large Date and a pair of 1983 penny proofs. But a larger category is the intentional and accidental die variations. The intentional die variations, however, are not easily spotted.