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Colorado collector Bryan Trigg finds rare 1969-S Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent in roll

ANACS confirms error variety, grades piece Extremely Fine 45
By , Coin World
Published : 06/06/14
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When Colorado collector Bryan Trigg received a 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent in change in April, it reawakened his interest in searching rolls of cents. Now that new-found enthusiasm has resulted in the discovery of a rare 1969-S Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent.

Trigg hand-delivered the coin to ANACS on May 28 after driving an hour from his home. Two hours later, ANACS returned the coin, now encapsulated in an ANACS holder graded Extremely Fine 45.

Auction transactions during the last decade by Heritage Auctions record five-figure prices; two About Uncirculated 58 examples sold for $23,500 in 2012 and $28,200 in July 2013, as examples.

The 1969-S Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent is discernible by all obverse lettering and numerals being doubled, except the S Mint mark. The S Mint mark was punched into the die after completion of the die’s production.

Exciting find

Trigg said he found his 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse cent May 16 while searching through $18 worth of rolled cents he acquired from a local bank.

A collector off-and-on since the age of 8, Trigg, 35, said he got the urge to resume searching rolls in April, after he received a 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent in change while working at his second job.

Trigg said he had searched through roughly $5 face value worth of the cents when he came across the 1969-S coin. Until then, he was primarily looking for Wheat cents as well as other dates and Mint marks to fill coin folders.

Knowing that the 1969-S cent might be the valuable doubled die variety, Trigg said he compared the coin’s diagnostics to those outlined in his copy of Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton that he had purchased only a week before. “I wanted to make doubly sure it was what I thought it was” before the next step in confirming his find, Trigg said.

Convinced he had an example of the 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse cent, Trigg said he drove an hour from his home to ANACS in the Denver area to have the coin authenticated and graded.

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5 comments
I have some double die Lincoln cents. I have read that they are poor man's double. Because of only slight doubling in spots. I would be interested in selling.
Good for Mr Trigg! Its why we search rolls isn't it? to find some obscure rarity.
I remember one time in nevada in the 80's i was working at a steak house and the manager found 2 full rolls of silver dimes