The Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Lincoln, Doubled Die cent with a one-ounce silver bar.
The bar features a 1955 Doubled Die cent to the left and a view of what a doubled die error would look like on a 2015 Lincoln cent. In the center is an image of the Chicago skyline and a rose symbolizing that the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money will be held at the Chicago suburb of Rosemont.
The bar will first be distributed at this convention.
UPDATE: Two versions of CONECA bar are selling fast
CONECA’s medals program (which now includes bars) stemmed from the 2003 CONECA Board of Directors’ efforts to celebrate its anniversaries and other events while raising funds for the club, with the specific purpose of preventing an increase in membership dues.
In 2003 CONECA’s annual dues were raised to $25, but CONECA has never had to increase dues again, mostly a result of profits made from medals sold in 2003, 2008 and 2013.
The 2015 bar is available in four options, including a regular 1-ounce silver bar with a mintage of 125. Another 1-ounce silver bar is enameled with black background enhanced with 24-karat gold on the two Lincoln cents and the surrounding oval rim, with a total mintage of 35.
A total of 100 will be struck in Bronze, after which the die will be cancelled, and then 25 1-ounce silver pieces will be struck with the cancelled dies.
The bronze bar will feature a plain back and the enameled silver versions will be struck with a reverse reading ONE OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER.
A more ornate reverse with the same legend but two shocks of wheat is planned for the standard and cancelled die silver versions.