In last month’s installment of this column I shared the first
reported 2013 Lincoln cent doubled die, submitted by Tanaka Davis. I
indicated at the time that I had already received a “runner-up” to share.
That runner-up is also a 2013 Lincoln cent with a doubled die
obverse. It was submitted by Ronald Traino.
While last month’s 2013 cent from Mr. Davis showed its strongest
doubling on the ERTY of LIBERTY, the 2013 cent from Mr. Traino shows
its strongest doubling on the date. Extra thickness shows on all
digits and distinct “notching” appears at the bottom left of the 2 and
the 1. I have this one in my files as 2013 1¢ WDDO-002.
Joseph Koelling submitted a 2012 Lincoln cent that also has a nice
doubled die obverse. Extra thickness shows on all letters of LIBERTY,
with the ERTY being twice the normal thickness for those letters. This
one resides in my files as 2012 1¢ WDDO-004.
In 1972, the U.S. Mint produced a number of obverse doubled dies
for the Lincoln cent with the most popular being the major Obverse Die
Eight of the “lesser” obverse doubled dies proved popular enough
to warrant listing in The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties.
An example of the strongest of these “lesser” varieties was
submitted to me by Charles Hudson. It is listed in my files as 1972 1¢
WDDO-002 (Obverse Die No. 2) and in The Cherrypickers’ Guide as FS-01-1972-102.
A strong counterclockwise spread shows on the date, IN GOD WE
TRUST and LIBERTY. Don’t let the “lesser variety” designation fool
you. On any other date, without a more major doubled die, this variety
would be considered major. It is unfortunately overshadowed by the
“big guy” for this date.
Benjamin Mielke rounds things out with a nice obverse doubled die
on a 1977-D Kennedy half dollar. A strong Class I spread shows on the
date, the front of Kennedy’s neck, IN GOD WE TRUST and LIBERTY.
I list this variety as 1977-D 50¢ WDDO-001.
John Wexler is a renowned numismatic researcher and author on
error coins and die varieties.