If you need proof that plenty of nice doubled die varieties are
still out there waiting to be found, Coin World readers
provided that “proof” this month. It came in the form of four
different Proof coin doubled die varieties.
Robert Pelletier kicked things off with a Proof 1953 Lincoln cent
that has a doubled die reverse.
A close Class II spread toward the center shows on E PLURIBUS UNUM
and the dots, where the spread decreases from left to right. Doubling
also shows on the left wheat head and stem.
Listed in my files as 1953 1¢ Pr WDDR-001, it is the first doubled
die reverse reported for the 1953 Lincoln cents and it is rare. Proof
cent dies of this era were used to strike about 3,000 coins before
they were retired, so it is highly unlikely that more than 3,000
examples of this variety exist.
Cody Anderson submitted a Proof 1956 cent with a strong obverse
doubled die. Doubling spread toward the center along with extra
thickness shows on IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and the date. I list it as
1956 1¢ Pr WDDO-002. It is listed as 2-O-II+VI by the Combined
Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America. Its estimated
mintage is, again, 3,000 pieces.
Keeping the Proof theme going, Marvin Young submitted a Proof 1962
cent with a nice tripled die reverse. Doubling spread toward the
center shows on the U of UNITED, ONE CENT, the CA of AMERICA, the
designer’s initials, both cornices, and both Memorial bases. Close
tripling is seen on the designer’s initials and the inside of the U of
UNITED. This one is listed as 1962 1¢ Pr WDDR-032 in my files.
Rounding things out this month is a Proof 1939 Winged Liberty
Head, Doubled Die Obverse dime from Gil Medina. Strong extra thickness
shows on the date and the designer’s initials. Extra thickness also
shows on IN GOD WE TRUST and slightly on LIBERTY. I list this as 1939
10¢ Pr WDDO-006.
Have you ever checked your single Proof coins or the coins in your
Proof sets for die varieties?
You may have a pleasant surprise waiting for you!
John Wexler is a renowned numismatic researcher and author on
error coins and die varieties.