Varieties Notebook column from the Dec. 19, 2016, weekly issue of
Marvin L. Young starts us off with a Proof 1956
Lincoln cent that has a very nice obverse doubled die. A strong
spread toward the center, along with extra thickness, shows on the
letters of IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, and on the date. I have this
variety listed as 1956 1¢ Pr WDDO-002. The average life of a Lincoln
cent Proof die for this era is approximately 3,000 coins, suggesting
that no more than 3,000 examples of this variety exist, making it
Lincoln cent: The popular Lincoln
cent has gone through several reverse updates since it was
introduced in 1909 to honor the nation's 16th president on the 100th
anniversary of his birth. How much are Lincoln cents worth?
A 1940-D Jefferson 5-cent coin with what appears
to be a previously unreported repunched Mint mark variety was
submitted by Eric Axtell. The underlying mint mark looks like it is
inverted and slightly tilted. Split serifs actually make this a triple
punched Mint mark (D/D/D). I would welcome the opportunity to study an
Uncirculated early die state example of this variety, which I have
listed as 1940-D 5¢ WRPM-002.
5-cent coin: If one word sums up the Jefferson 5-cent
coin, it would be "change" because throughout its storied
history it has endured many changes, from placemenst of Mint marks
and designer intitials, to portraits of its namesake president. How much are
Jefferson 5-cent coins worth?
Dime finds surprise
A 2016-P Roosevelt dime from Andrew Turnbull has
an interesting doubled die reverse. Doubling shows on the upper right
side of the center olive leaf north of the RIB in PLURIBUS. I list it
as 2016-P 10¢ WDDR-001. It is a surprising find, as doubled dies on
the Roosevelt dimes have not been reported for quite some time. The Combined
Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America last
added one to their doubled die files in 1989. I did not have any
Roosevelt dime doubled dies added to my files since 2004.
dime: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's sudden death
of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945, compelled Treasury
officials to recommend the late president's portrait to be
immediately placed on a coin of regular issue. How much are
Roosevelt dimes worth?
You might imagine the extra surprise I felt when a 2016-D Roosevelt
dime from Richard L. Hurley showed up that also had a doubled die
reverse. On this one, the doubling shows as an extension of the upper
bands into the field on the right. I now have this one listed as
2016-D 10¢ WDDR-001.
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