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 is available in sufficient quantities to meet mainstream collector
Below is one of three "mainstream"
varieties that Coin World is profiling in its latest Market
Analysis, and that each teach a lesson.
1916 Indian Head, Doubled Die Obverse 5-cent coin, AG-3
This is a
fascinating coin that provides a substantial valuing challenge due to
the severity of the acid treatment. The 1916 Indian Head, Doubled Die
Obverse 5-cent coin is a rarity with dramatic doubling that is seen
clearly on the date. However, this piece has a vertical wood grain
texture and has been acid treated, perhaps in an attempt to make the
As such, ANACS has graded the coin About Good 3 Details,
Acid Treated, although as Heritage notes, the sharpness appears better than
the assigned grade level. It sold for $1,116.25 at Heritage’s Feb. 27
Numismatists Guild auction.
Indian Head 5-cent
pieces are often seen acid-treated, because the raised date is prone
to wearing off and acid treatment can “restore” a date.
For reference, a solid Good 6 example with a green Certified Acceptance
Corp. sticker indicating quality within the grade sold for $5,797
at a June 23, 2013, GreatCollections.com auction.
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