While many die varieties are esoteric and in the realm of error and
varieties specialists, others are popularly collected within a series.
These typically combine a variety that is visible to the unaided eye
and availabilty in sufficient quantities to meet mainstream collector demand.
Below is one of three "mainstream" varieties that Coin
World is profiling in its latest Market Analysis, and that each
teach a lesson.
Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent, AU-53
Certainly one of the most famous and dramatic doubled
dies is the 1955 Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent. The cent enjoyed a
fairly large mintage and examples were discovered and publicized at
the time of release, giving people plenty of time to find them and
pick them out of circulation.
This example is graded
About Uncirculated 53 by Professional Coin Grading Service. The obverse
is handsome, toned “in an appealing blend of cobalt, pink, purple and
medium brown,” per Stack’s Bowers Galleries, which sold the coin
for $1,292.50 at a Feb. 2 auction.
reverse has a fairly prominent carbon spot that may have appeared
after the coin was certified, since there can be a delay before a
surface contaminant produces corrosion. This spot is likely reflected
in the price, which is lower than other auction transactions of this
coin in this grade.
The issue is also a favorite with
counterfeiters, so collectors would be well-advised to seek
third-party authentication for examples that they are thinking of
adding to their collection.
Keep reading this Market Analysis:
1916 Indian Head 5¢ coin a 'mainstream' series die variety with
Standing Liberty quarter dollar a doubled die that is also an overdate