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A 1959 Lincoln, Doubled Die Reverse cent with extra Lincoln Memorial column is among recent finds

Varieties Notebook column from the Aug. 18, 2014, issue of Coin World
By , Special to Coin World
Published : 08/04/14
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In the July 21 installment of this column, I illustrated the strongest known doubled die obverse for the 50 States quarter dollar series. It is a copper-nickel clad Proof 1999-S Pennsylvania quarter dollar with major obverse doubling that was submitted to ANACS. ANACS did not provide the name of the person who submitted the coin to them.

Since penning that column I have learned that the variety was submitted to ANACS by Siegfried Zeveckas. Congratulations to Mr. Zeveckas for an outstanding find.

This time out, Coin World readers came up with two new listings and two “oldies but goodies.” 

The first is a 1959 Lincoln cent with an interesting doubled die reverse that was submitted by Gerald Weakland. An extra Lincoln Memorial column can be found in the third memorial bay. I have this one listed as 1959 1¢ WDDR-014, which is a new listing for my files.

Dean M. Hengst submitted a 2013 Lincoln cent with a nice doubled die obverse that also turned out to be a new listing for my files. Strong extra thickness shows on the date and light extra thickness shows on LIBERTY and TRUST. Notches show on portions of the 1 in the date. This one is now in my files as 2013 1¢ WDDO-008.

A Proof 1961 Franklin half dollar with a nice reverse doubled die is the first of those “oldies but goodies.” Doubling spread toward the center shows on UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and HALF DOLLAR with the strongest spread on the left half of the reverse. It was submitted by Donald Yerxa and is nice enough to be illustrated in The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties where it is listed as FS-803. I have it listed in my files as 1961 50¢ Pr WDDR-003.

John C. Manns submitted a 1973-D Kennedy half dollar with a major doubled die obverse. It is a Class I doubled die with a clockwise spread that shows on LIBERTY, the date, and IN GOD WE TRUST. It, too, is illustrated in The Cherrypickers’ Guide where it is listed as FS-101 (014.8). It is in my files as 1973-D 50¢ WDDO-001.

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2 comments
Great article.
In the close up pictures it's list the half dollar as an 1873-D. I know we all know the difference, just thought I would point it out.
Thanks for the great articles.
Granted, I'm no variety enthusiast, but it seems to me that these people have WAY too much time on their hands :-O