Once again Coin World readers have been hard at work
searching for die varieties and fortunately for all of us, they are
willing to share their finds so that the rest of us know what to look for.
Dustin Farris loves searching the 1943 Lincoln cents for die
varieties and his persistence paid off with a really nice find. Farris
submitted a 1943 cent with a very strong obverse doubled die. It shows
as extremely strong Class VI extra thickness to the date, LIBERTY and
IN GOD WE TRUST.
While it isn’t a new discovery, it is a very nice find. It has
been deemed significant enough to be illustrated in The
Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties where it is listed
as FS-101. I have the variety listed as 1943 1¢ WDDO-001 in my files.
Brian Ribar submitted a Proof 1957 Lincoln cent that has a strong
doubled die reverse. A strong Class II spread toward the center shows
on the letters of E PLURIBUS UNUM, the dots, and both wheat heads and
stems. It is a new listing for my files (1957 1¢ Pr WDDR-015).
Since the life of a Proof Lincoln cent die rarely exceeds 3,000
coins, it is highly likely that no more than 3,000 examples of this
State quarter dollar doubled dies from two different states have
been added to my files by Leonard Schulfer. Each is a “first” known
doubled die reported for these states. Both are 2001-D quarter dollars
and both show nice doubling to the underside of Washington’s ear. One
is from Kentucky and the other is from Rhode Island. Pictured with
this column is the Kentucky quarter dollar. The Rhode Island doubling
is very similar.
A new listing for the Wyoming quarter dollars was submitted by
Marilyn Keeney. Her doubled die reverse shows doubling on the horse’s
mane, and on the left side of the first lock of hair on the horse’s
mane just below the saddle horn. I list this one as 2007-P 25¢ WY
WDDR-066 in my files.
And what about you? Don’t let other Coin World readers
have all the fun. Start searching.
John Wexler is a renowned numismatic researcher and author on
error coins and die varieties.