World Off-Center (Offset) Error (Minting error)
World Off-Center (Offset) Error (Minting error)

The place to go to see spectacular minting errors like yours in Your off center Lincoln cent sounds to be about 20 percent offset, so it would probably draw bids of $5 to $10 US dollars on eBay. The value of off-center strikes depends on the amount off-center. The coin in the picture is about 30 percent off-center. Were it 60 percent off-center, the value would probably double to about $20.

Lincoln cents, of course, are very common in the US and errors are not worth too much. If the error coin is an exotic one, the value goes up due to rarity and the value goes up further due to error.

Error collecting is a specialized area of numismatics (coin collecting) and assigning probable values is difficult. A good place to get a handle on value is to go the eBay category for minting errors, found at this link. Here you can see pictures of the various types of error coins, and get a good idea of retail value.

Coin: 925 , Genre: Errors
Requested by: , Sun, 09-Aug-2009 19:34:50 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Fri, 18-Jul-2014 15:41:02 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 18-Jul-2014 15:41:02 GMT
Requester description: 1970 Liberty Penny. The coin was minted unevenly. The bottom 1/8 to 1/4 inch of coin is blank. The imprint starts above the blank area and cannot be completely seem.
Tags: world off offcenter center offset error worlds centers centered erors errors liberty penny cent 1 8 4 peny cents pennys pennies


I have a penny that is off center over 60% has no date is it worth anything?
- Shannon Budro
Shannon - That's a nice error you got there! Collectors do prefer off-center coins with visible dates, or at least a visible decades. But even ones without dates still see bids. I would expect it to sell for around $6 or so. Quite nice, considering that's 600 times face value! - CoinQuest (Chris)

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