Varieties Notebook column from May 16, 2016, Weekly issue of
As 2015 drew to a close, I wondered who would be the first to submit
a year 2016-dated doubled die.
The winner is Jay Painter. His find is a 2016 Lincoln cent with a
doubled die obverse. Strong extra thickness shows on the letters of
LIBERTY. It is now listed in my files as 2016 1¢ WDDO-001.
2015 was a banner year for doubled die varieties. Here’s hoping that
2016 turns out just as fruitful.
Once again the Lincoln cent proves to be the favorite place for
Coin World readers to search for doubled die varieties, as
the remaining featured varieties this month are also some very nice
Lincoln cent doubled dies.
The first among these is a 1980 Lincoln cent with a very strong
doubled die obverse submitted by Sean O’Connell. A very nice
counterclockwise spread shows on the date, LIBERTY, the front folds of
the vest, the bowtie, and slightly on the UST of TRUST. It is listed
in my files as 1980 1¢ WDDO-001 while the Combined
Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America list the
variety as 1-O-V and Coppercoins logs it as 1980P-1DO-001. You will
also find this one illustrated in
The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die
Varieties as FS-101.
Marvin L. Young checked in with a 1987-D Lincoln cent that also has
a nice doubled die obverse. I list it as 1987-D 1¢ WDDO-002. A strong
clockwise spread to the doubling shows on the letters of LIBERTY. This
one turned out to be a new listing for my files.
A nice reverse doubled die on a 2009 Lincoln, Formative Years cent
was submitted by Joseph Mitchell. A strong extra index finger shows
below the bottom of the book and a small portion of an extra thumb can
be seen just above the center of the index finger at the spine of the
book. I list this one as 2009 1¢ FY WDDR-025.