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Diligent collectors continue to find and report die varieties of Lincoln cents found in circulation

Varieties Notebook column from the June 16, 2014, issue of Coin World
By , Coin World
Published : 06/03/14
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In the Jan. 20 installment of this column I asked the question, “Who will submit the first 2014 dated die variety?”

Coin World reader Joseph Koelling came through with a 2014 Lincoln cent with a minor obverse doubled die variety.

That variety is now listed in my doubled die files as 2014 1¢ WDDO-001. Extra thickness shows on LIBERTY and slightly on the date. Notches show on the top left of the T and Y in LIBERTY. Those notches are the quickest way to spot the variety. Koelling has already found three examples of this variety.

I am sometimes asked whether minor doubled die varieties such as this one are worth listing and sharing with others. My answer to that is a resounding “Yes!” Yes, not because there are avid die variety collectors who relish new finds no matter how minor they are, but yes because time and again I have seen that searching for a reported minor variety can lead to the discovery of a variety of far greater significance.

For 2014, a Lincoln cent obverse doubled die of greater significance has already come to light. This one was submitted by Coin World reader Jim Fines. Very strong extra thickness and strong notching shows on all letters of LIBERTY and also on the date. Light extra thickness shows on WE TRUST. It is visible with low magnification.

I have this one listed as 2014 1¢ WDDO-002. It was actually reported first to Coppercoins where Coppercoins attributer Jason Cuvelier listed it as 2014P-1DO-001. He then contacted me to see if I would be interested in seeing and photographing the variety for my files. Needless to say, he didn’t have to do any arm twisting.

Our final variety for this month is a 2012 Lincoln cent with a doubled die reverse. It was submitted simultaneously by two different Coin World readers (Charles Burkhard and Jacob Himes) so they both get credit. Listed as 2012 1¢ WDDR-002, strong extra thickness shows on the lower letters in OF AMERICA increasing in spread from left to right, and on the designer’s initials JFM.

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4 comments
That's so slight it can't matter much.
I believe the 2014 cent if there is a double die would not be worth the hill of beans. for instance the penny is not made of copper anymore. To me and probably other collectors the penny is worthless. now if the penny was misprinted. or printed sideways then it may have some value. I do not like the new shield. I feel as an American that we are hiding behind a shield. do something good for the penny ringback liberty or the Indian Head. thank you for reading
I think your post isn't worth a hill of beans. Nothing insightful or informative.
First off, this is a "cent." If you want to gripe about the "penny," move to Great Britain. You seem to have little regard for our country anyway. "Hiding behind the shield," get real!
Secondly, coinage is not "printed." If you want to find something collectible that's "printed sideways," perhaps a trip to your local adult bookstore is in order.
Lastly, "ringbacks" are for cell phones. And we'll "bring back" the American Indian to Manhattan before we return to the Indian cent.
Any aspect of coin collecting only matters if there are collectors that care about it. Die varieties don't do much for me but it is nice that folks can search and make new discoveries on inexpensive coins. It is an approachable aspect of numismatics unlike such things as the Saddle Ridge Hoard. Not many common folk have $3000 to drop on an environmentally damaged gold piece.