|The 1955 Doubled Die Obverse Lincoln Cent is one of the most popular varieties in all of numismatics with amazing spread between all of the lettering on the obverse. This example of the 1955 Doubled Die Obverse Lincoln Cent has been graded AU58+ by PCGS and is encapsulated in one of their newer edge-view holders. To date, only a few examples of the 1955 DDO cent have been graded with the plus grade in AU58. As you would expect with a coin given that plus designation, this coin is very nice for the grade and looks like a higher-grade mint state coin at first look. However, under a very close inspection, the coin appears to maybe have just the slightest touch of wear on the highest points, limiting the technical grade of the coin to AU58+ despite the coin having the appearance of a coin a few points higher. This coin has an even chocolate brown color and nice original mint luster on both sides. The coin has no major issues or distractions of note except for a few tiny marks scattered about, nothing you would not expect on a coin of this grade. Please note there is a scratch in the plastic holder which shows on the reverse photo, but the coin is not affected. An impressive example of this popular king of all of the doubled dies.
In 2009, PCGS launched a category of competitive collections their online Set Registry called "Everyman" collections in which no coins grading higher than AU58+ could be registered into the sets. Since that time, the everyman sets have become quite popular and have greatly increased the demand and value of AU58 graded coins. And since AU58+ coins are very rare compared to an AU58, the demand and value of those coins have skyrocketed and in many cases exceed the values of coins grading MS63 or MS64! If you're building an "everyman" set and want the best of the best, then this AU58+ is your coin.