In my Dec. 17 column, I shared four different significant reverse
doubled die varieties for the 1942 Lincoln cents courtesy of Robert J.
Piazza. I also promised a fifth, also submitted by Mr. Piazza, and the
time has come to keep that promise.
The variety that I now list as 1942 1¢ WDDR-021 shows a Class IV
spread to the north on the ON of ONE, the CE of CENT, the US of
PLURIBUS, both U’s in UNUM, the N, T, E, and D of UNITED, and also on
the AMER and last A in AMERICA.
Lamont Gilles submitted a 1944 Lincoln cent with an interesting
doubled die obverse variety. Doubling shows on the TY in LIBERTY, the
194 in the date, and the second T in TRUST. The easiest place to spot
the doubling is the bottom of the Y in LIBERTY. This doubled die
variety is in my files as 1944 1¢ WDDO-017.
A 1955-D Lincoln cent with a doubled die obverse was submitted by
Marvin Young. It isn’t new to my files, but it sure is a nice one.
Listed in my files as 1955-D 1¢ WDDO-001, strong doubling shows on the
19 of the date, Lincoln’s eye, the lower ear and the center fold of
This particular doubled die variety was considered nice enough to
merit listing in The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties where
it was assigned the listing number of FS-01-1955D-101. The variety is
also listed as 1955-D 1¢ 1-O-IV+VIII by the Combined Organizations of
Numismatic Error Collectors of America, and as 1955D-1DO-001 by Coppercoins.
Topping things off for this month, James Daniels submitted a Proof
2009-S Lincoln, Formative Years cent with a very nice doubled die reverse.
Strong doubling shows on the underside of Lincoln’s left thumb on
the reverse. It may not sound like much, but it is easily seen with
Listed as 2009-S 1¢ Pr FY WDDR-006, this coin can be considered to
be extremely rare. Proof cent dies strike about 3,000 coins before
they are retired from use so it is highly unlikely that more than
3,000 examples of this variety exist.
John Wexler is a renowned numismatic researcher and author on
error coins and die varieties.