I see a lot of doubled dies in the time between each installment of
this column, so I am rarely surprised by what I see arriving.
However, every now and then a variety appears that sparks the “Oh
my, where have you been hiding all this time?” type of response. Such
is the case with a doubled die on the reverse of a Proof 1971-S
Eisenhower dollar recently submitted by Coin World reader
To describe this variety as anything less than a major doubled die
would not do it justice. It is a Class V (Pivoted Hub Doubling)
doubled die that shows an extremely strong counterclockwise spread
from a pivot near the rim at about 7 o’clock.
With Class V doubled dies, the strongest spread shows on the side
of the coin directly across from the pivot point while the least
amount of doubling shows right around the pivot point.
On the Proof Eisenhower dollar from Kalantzis, extremely strong
doubling shows on united states of america, e pluribus unum, one
dollar, the stars, the designer’s initials, the Earth, the eagle’s
left wing feathers and its tail feathers, the olive branch and leaves,
and the craters with the strongest spread on the upper right side of
I listed this one in my files as 1971-S $1 Pr WDDR-010. The
Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America now
lists this one in its files as DDR-005 (5-R-V).
While the strength of the doubling makes this a very appealing
variety, another factor adds to that appeal as well and that is rarity.
The average life of a Proof Eisenhower dollar die was 2,000 coins.
That means that it is highly unlikely that more than 2,000 examples of
this variety exist. How’s that for rare?
I understand that this one is a candidate for inclusion in the
next edition of The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties.
I’ll be watching to see if it makes it. If it does, you can be sure
that there will be a lot of folks looking for this one. Now that you
know about it, get searching!
John Wexler is a renowned numismatic researcher and author on
error coins and die varieties.