In my Sept. 17 column, I featured doubled dies from all four phases
of the Lincoln cent’s long history.
The Lincoln cent series is, without question, popular with
Coin World readers, as Lincoln cent doubled dies again
dominated the inbox.
A 1960 Lincoln, Large Date cent with a nice obverse doubled die
was submitted by Marvin L. Young. Strong clockwise spread shows on the
letters of IN and the G of GOD while slight doubling shows on the
first T of TRUST.
I have it listed as 1960 1¢ WDDO-009. It’s not a new listing, but
it is a nice find.
William R. Hostutler submitted a Proof 1961 Lincoln cent with a
reverse variety that is a new listing for my files. A tripled spread
shows on ONE CENT, the designer’s initials and both memorial bases. A
doubled spread shows on UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and slightly on E
PLURIBUS UNUM and both cornices.
I now have this one recorded as 1961 1¢ Pr WDDR-024. Rarity is the
key word for this one. Proof Lincoln cent dies on average strike 3,000
coins before they are retired from use. As a result, it is highly
unlikely that more than 3,000 examples of this doubled die variety exist.
Robert Pelletier submitted a 1962 Lincoln cent with a nice reverse
doubled die that I have listed as 1962 1¢ WDDR-043.
A spread toward the east shows on UNITED STATES, the two left
dots, the leftmost letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM, the left cornice, the
left Lincoln Memorial base, and the letters of ONE CENT. The strongest
spread is on UNITED.
Rounding things out this time is a 1996-D Lincoln cent from
William Slaughter. Doubling shows on the upper right side of the
statue’s legs. Doubling also shows on the right side of the sixth
Lincoln Memorial column to the left of the statue.
I have this one listed as 1996-D 1¢ WDDR-009.
The area around the statue of Lincoln is prone to minor doubling
on the single-squeeze hubbing presses so it is a good place to search
on the post-1995 cents.
John Wexler is a renowned numismatic researcher and author on
error coins and die varieties.