In the Dec. 15, 2014, installment of this column I asked the
following question. “Who will be the first to report a 2015 doubled
The winner is Steve Atwood. He found four different 2015 doubled die
varieties. All of them are on the reverse of 2015-P Homestead National
Monument of America quarter dollars.
The reverse of the Homestead quarter dollar depicts the three basic
needs of the homesteaders — food, water, and shelter.
Two ears of corn represent the need for food while a water pump near
the center of the reverse represents the need for water. A large log
cabin illustrates the need for shelter.
Avid collectors of doubled dies know that the place to look for
doubled dies produced on the Mint’s single-squeeze hubbing presses is
the central area of the obverse or reverse design.
On the reverse of the quarter dollars there is a large array of
windows on the lower part of the cabin that is in this doubled die
“target zone.” This is where Mr. Atwood found his four discoveries.
The first variety shows doubling inside the second window from the
top on the left side of the lower window cluster. I list this one as
2015-P 25¢ NE WDDR-001.
Mr. Atwood’s second discovery shows doubling on the right side of
the second window from the top, on the right side of the lower window
cluster. It is now in my files as 2015-P 25¢ NE WDDR-002.
The third variety, listed as 2015-P 25¢ NE WDDR-003, shows doubling
on the left side of the second window from the top, on the left side
of the lower window cluster.
Mr. Atwood saved the best for last. The variety now listed as 2015-P
25¢ NE WDDR-004 shows strong doubling from the top of the water pump
inside the third window from the top, on the right side of the lower
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