We had a customer come into our shop with a 1927 Lincoln, Wheat
cent that appears to have doubling of the date. I have not heard of
this date having any die doubling. We would appreciate any information
and comments you may have.
Race City Coins and Collectibles LLC
Die doubling, especially when it is strong, is an especially
desirable form of die variety, and it can add a considerable premium
on some coins, such as the strongly doubled 1955 and 1972 Lincoln,
Doubled Die Obverse cents.
However, many forms of doubling exist, not all of which carry the
same high premiums.
The 1927 Lincoln cent in question does not feature die doubling,
but what is classified as “machine doubling,” and sometimes called
This form of generally minor error occurs during the minting
process, when loose parts in a Mint press permit the die to bounce on
the surface of a coin that has just been struck. The bouncing die
shears or pushes the edges of the raised designs on the coin to one
side, causing the doubling.
This type of damage is unrelated to doubled die coins and
multiple-struck coins. Typical examples of this error, such as that on
the illustrated coin, add little to no premium value to a coin.
Collectors interested in finding out more about this and other
types of coin errors are encouraged to visit the Combined
Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America website at http://conecaonline.org.
I believe the Morgan dollar replica featured in the Oct. 22
“Readers Ask” could be a “Bryan dollar” from the election of 1900.
William Jennings Bryan ran on a platform of free silver and many such
artifacts were created. See the Schornstein catalog of Bryan money.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Though the book Bryan Money by Fred Schornstein does list a number
of items derived from the Morgan dollar design, the Morgan-type pieces
cataloged appear much more crudely struck than the 3-inch diameter,
58.2-gram piece of uncertain composition featured in the Oct. 22 column.
As well, the “Readers Ask” piece carries the same denominational
legend (ONE DOLLAR) as that featured on a Morgan dollar, while Bryan
money usually has alternate legends — for example, 16 TO 1, SIXTEEN TO
ONE or A DOLLAR’S WORTH FOR A DOLLAR.
“Readers Ask” gladly welcomes comments and feedback on items
featured in the column.
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