Varieties Notebook column from Sept. 19, 2016, weekly issue of
To start us off this month, reader Sheila Ruley submitted a 1971
Lincoln cent with an obverse doubled die that is near and dear to my heart.
Bold doubling shows as a very strong spread toward the rim on the
letters of LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. A strong spread to the north
shows on the date.
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I list the variety as 1971 1¢ WDDO-001 while the Combined
Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America lists it as
1-O-II. The Coppercoins website tags the variety as 1971P-1DO-001 and
it is illustrated in The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die
Varieties, which identifies it as FS-01-1971-101 (031).
So, apart from strong doubling and widespread documentation, what is
so special about this variety? An example of this variety was my very
first doubled die find back in 1971. I had no knowledge of doubled
dies back then, but I quickly learned, and when the 1972 Lincoln cent
doubled dies were discovered the following year I was hooked. That
1971 Lincoln cent doubled die changed my path in the hobby.
Dr. Daniel Griffin shared his find of a 1946-D/D Lincoln cent with a
nice repunched Mint mark variety. It is classified as a D/D South and
turned out to be a new listing for my files where it is now in the
books as 1946-D 1¢ WRPM-031.
A 2016-P Cumberland Gap National Historical Park quarter dollar with
a doubled die reverse was submitted by Michael Fraser. Doubling shows
along the upper left side of the frontiersman’s right arm just below
the fringe on the coat. It is now in my files as 2016-P 25¢ KY WDDR-004.
Sandy Peters submitted a 2013-P Mount Rushmore National Memorial
quarter dollar that shows doubling about midway down on the front of
Thomas Jefferson’s nose. It is now listed in my files as 2013-P 25¢ SD WDDR-019.