Only a handful of the more than 1,000 doubled die varieties
identified for the Lincoln cent series are present in standard price
guides — the strongly doubled though not rare 1955 and 1972 Doubled
Die Obverse cent varieties are listed in most guides as is the much
rarer 1969-S Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent. Some price guides also
list at least one of the 1936 Lincoln, DDO cent varieties as well
(more than one variety exists).
An example of a 1936 Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent is offered in
Heritage Auctions' Aug. 12 to 17 American Numismatic Association
convention auction, to be held in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill.
The coin is the FS-101 variety as listed in the Cherrypickers'
Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins.
The doubling on the obverse of the coin is not as prominent as it is
on the trio of 1955, 1969-S, and 1972 Doubled Die Obverse cents listed
in standard references. The Heritage auction description notes of the
1936 cent, "Strongly die doubled southwest, different from the
similar FS-102, which is die doubled east." While the three more
prominently doubled die varieties listed show separation of some of
the letters in the inscriptions, the doubling on the 1936 FS-101
variety shows no such separation. Still, the doubling is prominent
enough to warrant listing in A Guide Book of United States
Coins and other standard references and thus many collectors
consider it a must-have for their collections of Lincoln cents.
The coin in the Heritage auction is graded Mint State 63 brown by
Professional Coin Grading Service. The lot description adds: "The
present FS-101 cent displays hints of mint red beneath a blanket of
sea-green and ruby-red toning. A few faint marks are noted on the
field above the date."
According to the Cherrypickers book, the variety
is "extremely rare in Mint State."
A similarly graded piece realized $1,880 in a Heritage auction in
Bidding on the coin will commence about July 24.
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