Don Hall sent in a 1959-D/D Lincoln cent that shows a very nice repunched Mint mark. It would be described as a D/D East with the most prominent doubling being on the right side of the vertical bar of the D. This one is listed in Wexler's files as 1959-D 1¢ WRPM-007. Before 1990, the Mint mark was hand punched into working dies, usually with more than one tap of the...
Marvin L. Young found a Proof 1956 Lincoln cent that has a very nice obverse doubled die. A strong spread toward the center, along with extra thickness, shows on the letters of IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, and on the date. Plus, we have two surprises from a denomination that doesn't often yield current varieties.
Robert Lawson kicks off discoveries this month with a 1944 Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent. Young Turnbull brothers report finds of doubled die varieties on reverses of 2015-P Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge quarter dollars.
Lincoln cents with the Union Shield reverse are definitely popular with Coin World readers. A nice example of this is a 2011 Lincoln, Union Shield cent with a strong doubled die obverse that was submitted by Ronald Burke. Very strong extra thickness shows on the digits of the date and also on LIBERTY. Notches show in the lower left corners of the digits and the...
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. So, what is so special about this variety?
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.
A nice mix is how John Wexler describes this month’s die variety submissions from Coin World readers. Four different readers submitted die varieties on four different denominations of U.S. coins: a 2009 Lincoln, Formative Years cent, 1942-D Jefferson 5-cent coin, 1941 Winged Liberty Head dime, and 2015-P Nebraska Homestead National Monument of America quarter dollar.
In last month’s installment of this column I noted that Coin World readers appeared to be inspired by the discovery of doubled dies on the reverse of the 2015-P Nebraska Homestead Monument of America quarter dollars. I’d like to share four of the varieties submitted by three newcomers to my files.
Two different dated silver Roosevelt dimes with very similar doubled die obverses were submitted by Calvin Goddard.
Changes to Mint marks in 1990s ended creation of varieties, but older coins await discovery: Varieties Notebook
Prior to 1990, Mint marks were hand punched into working dies, sometimes more than once, using a hand-held punch and a mallet.