Varieties Notebook column from June 20, 2016, Weekly issue of
Coin World readers have wasted no time in reporting die variety finds.
The first is a 1948-D/D Lincoln cent that raises the question “How
did this one slip by undetected all of these years?” It shows a boldly
repunched Mint mark that would be classified as a D/D East. I now have
it listed as 1948-D 1¢ WRPM-031 in my files. It was submitted by
Robert J. Lawson.
William Slaughter submitted a 1994-D Lincoln cent with a doubled die
reverse. It shows a partial extra Lincolm Memorial column to the right
of the last column on the right. It was added to my files as 1994-D 1¢ WDDR-004.
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The Lincoln cents with the Union Shield reverse design have been
fertile grounds for die variety hunters ever since the design made its
debut in 2010. Aaron Laramee found and submitted a 2013 Lincoln cent
with a nice doubled die obverse. Strong extra thickness shows on the
letters of LIBERTY and on the date. Light extra thickness shows on IN
GOD WE TRUST. Notching shows on the upper left of the ERTY in LIBERTY.
This one was added to my files as 2013 1¢ WDDO-013.
The first doubled die on a 2016-P Cumberland Gap National Historical
Park quarter dollar comes to us courtesy of the sharp eyes of Alfonso
Lopez. The fringe on the frontiersman’s coat is doubled to the left of
the upper right arm. I now list this one as 2016-P 25¢ KY WDDR-001.
Granted, this one is a fairly minor doubled die; however, it is not
uncommon for the discovery of a minor doubled die variety to be
followed by a much more significant variety. If nothing else, those
minor varieties point out to us where we should keep looking, because
if a more significant variety should appear, it is most likely going
to be in the same general area of the design.