First Bicentennial Ike Waffle Coin
By Waffle Coin
The first known 1976 Bicentennial
design Eisenhower dollar "waffle coin" has been
reported by Brian Hendelson, President of Waffle
Coin Co. of Bridgewater, New Jersey. It was
discovered during the continuing examination of
Mint-canceled coins obtained by Classic Coin in
2003, each with the distinctive corrugated,
waffle-like pattern left by the Mintís
"It is a Variety Two, dual-dated 1776-1976
Philadelphia Mint Ike dollar, and the first
Bicentennial Ike discovered as a Mint-cancelled
coin. I got pretty excited when I realized what
I was holding," said Hendelson. "Itís the only
one Iíve ever found."
"The mint takes in coins for exchange that are
also waffle canceled. This is, thus far, the
only Bicentennial dollar we are aware of that
has gone through this cancellation process,"
said Dave Camire, NGC mint error consultant and
President of Numismatic Conservation Services.
Hendelson also discovered a small quantity of
1999 Susan B. Anthony dollar waffle coins. The
SBA dollars now are individually certified by
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) or Global
The Mint uses coin-canceling machines
manufactured in The Netherlands to cancel
rejected coins and blanks (planchets) prior to
sending them to be melted. Rollers on the
machine crush and crumple the coins giving them
surfaces that resemble a breakfast waffle.
Waffle coins are not Mint errors; however, they
are Mint products, rejected and canceled at the
Mint because of some type of production problem
with the specific coin.
"Because theyíre a product of the United States
Mint, the waffle coins have become a popular
collectible. Some people are trying to assemble
waffle type sets of the available State
Quarters," said Hendelson.
For additional information, contact Waffle Coin
Co., at (908)725-4377 or online at