Roll-searching triggered in April by the receipt in change of a 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln cent resulted in Colorado collector Bryan Trigg’s discovery of a valuable 1969-S Lincoln, Double 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 to Trigg the coin now encapsulated in an ANACS holder graded Extremely Fine 45.
Based on auction records from Heritage Auctions, Trigg’s coin is likely worth in excess of $15,000.
The 1969-S DDO cent is discernible by all obverse lettering and numerals being doubled, except the S Mint mark.
The S Mint mark would have been punched into the die after the completion of the die’s production at the Philadelphia Mint.
There are also areas of die polish on the reverse.
The 1969-S DDO Lincoln cent was listed No. 1 in the first edition of 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins by Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett, but supplanted in second edition, and to be released July 4 third edition by the Proof 1975 Roosevelt, No S dime (See related story Page XX.).
Trigg said he found his 1969-S DDO 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 eight, Trigg, 35, said he got the bug back to search through rolls in April after he received a 1909 VDB Lincoln cent in change while working his second job at a local pizza shop.