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Lincoln cents rule among variety discoveries

Varieties Notebook column from Feb. 15, 2016, issue of Coin World:

Once again it is the ever popular Lincoln cent that dominates the submissions from Coin World readers this month.

Jason Lynch gets us started with his find of a doubled die on the obverse of a 1972 Lincoln cent.

While it isn’t the “big boy” for the 1972 Lincoln cent doubled dies, it does show a very nice Class I CW spread that shows on LIBERTY, the date, and IN GOD WE TRUST. I list it as 1972 1¢ WDDO-003 while the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America list it as 3-O-I. It is illustrated in The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties, listed as FS-103.

A 1984 Lincoln cent that shows nice doubling to the date was submitted by Sean O’ Connell. While not a new listing, it is still a very nice find. It is listed in my files as 1984 1¢ WDDO-005.

Steve Young submitted a 2015 cent with a strong doubled die obverse that turned out to be yet another new listing for my files. Strong doubling shows on the date and on the letters of LIBERTY. A lesser spread shows on IN GOD WE TRUST with the spread decreasing from left to right. I list this one as 2015 1¢ WDDO-007.

I typically do very little with Morgan dollar varieties as the VAM folks have that series covered rather nicely.

However, on a recent visit to discuss a new book that we are working on, numismatic author Kevin Flynn shared an 1887-O Morgan dollar that was found in an antique shop by Lori Hoover.

The 1887-O Morgan dollar, described by Kevin as the earliest die state and highest grade that he has seen, is listed by the VAM crowd as a VAM-3. This variety shows a very nice 7/6 (7 punched over a 6) overdate variety. It is indeed a beautiful example of this die variety type. I list it as 1887-O $1 WOVD-001 and congratulate Lori Hoover on an excellent find.

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