Two Headed Coins – Are They Rare? Are They Valuable? See Examples Of The Most Rare & Most Valuable 2-Headed Coins

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By Joshua

Have you ever seen a two-headed coin?

Example of a two headed coin

Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t, but at any rate you may be a bit upset to learn that any 2-headed coins you find in circulation are not as rare and valuable as you may think.

Virtually all two-headed coins you find are made for use by illusionists and are not actual U.S. Mint products.

2-Headed Pennies

And if you still think 2 heads are better than one, you may be interested in learning more about the Lincoln-Kennedy cent.

While not an actual U.S. Mint coin, the Lincoln-Kennedy cent is the product of private individuals who took regular Lincoln cents and counterstamped them with an image of John F. Kennedy.

Similar pennies exist with the Liberty Bell on them, and some have the states on them.

2-Headed Quarters

So when you think of a two-headed coin, you’re probably envisioning something like a Washington quarter on which America’s first president appears on both the head’s side (obverse) and tail’s side (reverse). Right?

Well, hold on to your hat, because Washington really does appear on both sides of some 50 State quarters. (No kidding!)

These two-headed Washington quarters include:

  • 1999 New Jersey Quarter
  • 2006 South Dakota Quarter
  • 2007 Washington State Quarter


Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, these 3 quarters just happen to show a likeness of Washington on both the obverse and reverse of each coin — as seen here…

First, keep in mind that this design of George Washington appears on the obverse of every 50 State Quarter:

Two Headed Coin Washington Quarter

Now, onto the quarters where Washington also appears on the back…

#1 – Washington appears on the reverse of the 1999 New Jersey quarter, seen here crossing the Delaware River:

Two headed coins - the 1999 New Jersey quarter

(Technically, that means Washington appears on both sides of the New Jersey quarter!)

#2 – Washington is also seen on the reverse of the 2006 South Dakota quarter, seen here carved into  Mount Rushmore:

Two Headed Coins 2006 South Dakota Quarter

#3 – And finally, Washington appears on the reverse of the 2007 Washington State quarter:

Two headed coins - the 1989 Washington quarter

OK, maybe that last one is a stretch. But, “Washington” really is found in one form or another on both sides of that coin, anyway.

Are these Washington quarters really two-headed coins? You be the judge. But knowing this is a great way to fool friends and maybe even win a bet… or TWO!

Rare Two-Headed & Two-Tailed U.S. Coins

While it’s virtually impossible for the United States Mint to strike a two-headed coin in error, the U.S. Mint has made the following coins:

More Info About Two-Headed Coins

In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you learn more about 2-headed coins: