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I get a lot of questions here from readers about doubled die coins – more specifically, inquiries that are accompanied by photos of coins which appear to have doubling of their designs.
Yes, these are the types of coins that are sometimes found in pocket change.
Sometimes a lucky individual will have a real doubled die coin, but sometimes no.
So, what exactly is a doubled die? And, what is a die? And, why was the die doubled?
Let’s take a moment and double down on what a doubled die is (note the “d” at the end of “double”; double die coin isn’t the correct numismatic term), and talk about some of the most famous doubled die coins
How Doubled Die Coins Are Made
A doubled die coin is one that was struck by a die that was accidentally engraved with a doubled image; by the way, a die is the device that imprints an image on blank coins, which are also known as planchets.
Dies are engraved by a positive, or relief, image of the coin called a hub; a hub is created by reducing down the image from an 8” to 12” plaster model.
Sometimes, when a die is created, the hub will accidentally create two images on the coin, which will usually appear as a slight, overlapping misalignment of the same design twice on part of the coin.
Sometimes, the doubling will be quite extreme. In other cases, the doubling is barely noticeable.
How Much Are Doubled Die Coins Worth?
The value of doubled die coins depends greatly on the popularity of a given piece. In many cases, the news media has publicized the discovery of a doubled die. In other situations, a certain doubled die will have a sort of cult following within the greater hobby of coin collecting.
In many cases though, a doubled die coin is worth a certain value largely because it made the news and became a well-known and widely desired coin. Take, for example, the 1995 doubled die Lincoln cent, which is now a $20 coin that hit the national airwaves when it was first discovered.
In other situations, doubled dies are valuable simply because they are rare – like the elusive 1958-D doubled die cent, of which only three are known and boast a value in the six figures.
To learn more about doubled die coin values, you’d have to consider doubled dies individually.
Popular Doubled Die Coins
There is no way that I could list every doubled die here in this post, so let’s take a look at some of the most well-known and rare doubled dies. They include:
- 1917 doubled die obverse cent – $100
- 1955 doubled die obverse cent – $1,500
- 1958-D doubled die obverse cent – Unknown six figures
- 1969-S doubled die obverse cent – $25,000
- 1971 doubled die obverse cent – $100
- 1972 doubled die obverse cent – $250
- 1983 doubled die reverse cent – $200
- 1984 doubled die obverse cent – $150
- 1995 doubled die obverse cent – $20
- 1916 doubled die obverse nickel – $4,000
- 1934 doubled die obverse quarter – $100
- 1937 doubled die obverse quarter – $150
- 1943 doubled die obverse quarter – $500
- 1943-S doubled die obverse quarter – $100
- 1974-D doubled die obverse half dollar – $50
The values above are only approximations, and again – yes, this is not a list of all doubled die coins, so if you have a coin you think may be a doubled die but don’t see it listed here, please let me know! And, if you find one that is on this list, still, please share the details about your coin here. It’s always wonderful to hear from coin collectors who have made exciting finds. Just be wary of counterfeits and fakes…
Fake Doubled Die Coins
One of the most classic examples of a fake (or, I’ll politely say, mislabeled) doubled die is the 1955 Poor Man’s Doubled Die penny. It’s not even a doubled die – it’s the result of a common strike defect called machine doubling, which happens when a coin is imprinted with a slight “doubled” effect as the die (or the coin) ricocheted off each other a bit during the striking process.
Most such pieces are regarded as defective coins by some numismatists, but the 1955 Poor Man’s penny has gained a foothold in the popular coin market to satisfy collectors who have holes for a 1955 doubled die Lincoln penny in their coin albums but can’t afford to buy the real deal. A 1955 Poor Man’s doubled die penny has a value of around $1 to $3.
In general, if you’re going to buy expensive doubled die coins, make sure they have been authenticated by a third-party coin grading company.
Did You Know?…
Doubled dies aren’t necessarily errors in the strictest sense.
Many collectors call doubled dies varieties rather than errors — because they involve a mistake in the die-making process not in the manufacturing of individual coins.
So, now you know!
I’m the Coin Editor here at TheFunTimesGuide. My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I’m a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I’m also the editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I’ve contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I’ve authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins (many of them with over 50K shares), and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!
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I have a 1955 wheat penny, I don’t know much about coins, how do I know if it’s worth anything?
Hi, Cindy –
In general, a 1955 Lincoln wheat cent is worth about 5 to 10 cents, though the rare doubled-die version is worth over $1,000. The 1955 doubled-die penny is identifiable by the doubled date and lettering on the obverse (heads side) of the coin.
I saw you wrote 1958-D DDO worth six figure but I saw other wrote 1958 which one?
not terribly obvious, there is a couple rims on this…not sure if anything else? is this anything?
Hi, Niki –
This is a slightly off-center 1970 S Large Date Lincoln cent. While the rim error isn’t significant enough to add much value, S-mint Lincoln cents from the 1960s and 1970s are becoming very scarce in circulation, so I’d hang onto this piece. It’s worth around 3 cents.
Thank you for the information!
You’re most welcome, Niki!
Hi I wanted to see if any of this pennys worth saving?
Some are yes
My name is fabian. I have a 1972 double die penny I might have 2. What is the best way to sell them
Hi, Fabian —
If you have 1972 doubled die pennies, the best way to sell them would be taking them to your local coin dealer. Here’s more info on coin dealers: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/
My name is James Weaver,
I am in possession of 1958 double dye Lincoln Cent, — D/D. I had it graded by PCGS and the results were a population of #2.
I would like for you to give me further information on what to do with this coin.
P.S. I also have a photo of the coin available.
Hi, James —
The Class I 1958 doubled die is worth around $100,000, so it’s not the type of piece you’d walk into a coin dealer shop with and walk out counting your bundle of cash after selling it. It’s certainly the type of coin that would best be sold through a major auction house. Of course, if you are not interested in selling it, I’d suggest having it appraised by a professional coin dealer (sight seen), and then have it insured.
I have a 1958 D Lincoln penny in very good condition and to me it looks like it is d/d on the 9 & 5 and the b on liberty is half filled in could u take a look and tell me what u think
Would you mind posting a photo of your 1958 Lincoln wheat cent please? I will need to see if the doubling is caused by a double die or the coin being struck twice.
Here is a few
Hi, Josh —
This appears to be machine doubling, which is widely viewed as a form of damage. Still, some collectors will pay $1-3 for such errors.
Hello Josh can you take a look an tell me if I have anything .Ty
Hi, David —
Unfortunately I’m not finding a photo on my end; would you mind trying to re-upload, please?
I apologize for the inconvenience,
Hi I have a 1999 Delaware quarter that wasn’t print it on either side . I got it in a brand new role of Delaware quarters when the Delaware quarters first came out from the bank. Is it worth anything?
Hi, Rosalinda —
Would you please submit a photo of your unique-sounding coin so I can better evaluate it?
Hi my name is Ashton I just found a weird coin with James Garfield . But next to him is a cross on left and 2 strikes. The year is 2011 D I Wonding if it was worth something.
P.S I can get a better picture if need one
I am sorry it is a dollar coin.
Hello Im wondered if someone could tell me if this is a double die penny it is a 1983 but at the top on the State . Part of
state its like flat but it looks like a new coin
Hello, David —
Would you please post a photo of this coin?
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Hi, David —
Hmm… I’m trying to blow up the image on my computer but it seems the photo is a tad blurry, which unfortunately makes it a little difficult for confirming a doubled die(!) Would you mind kindly trying to repost a clearer photo, please? I’m sorry for the inconvenience but do appreciate your trying to get photos up!
And the 1970 is that a small date red
I try is the 83 doubled . It this camera it’s not the best. The dark colored penny is that what they call a red as in a small date I appreciate all you do it for me Josh
I appreciate the kind words! I’m happy to help. As for the 1970, it appears to a be a regular die; the “large date” and “small date” varieties are really only categorized with the 1970-S cents, which has a small “S” mintmark under the date.
It appears the 1983 may be a “Red,” but might actually be considered a “Red-Brown,” or “R/B” given the traces of darker patination on the surface.
I looked at the reverse photos and the 1983 does not appear to be a doubled die.
Keep checking your change for treasures! They’re out there!
All my best,
Hello again . Is this worth anything ? I seen it on most valuable pennies and its saying something about $485 I don’t know you just what do you think or just give me an idea should I go have it appraised or anything like that thank you that are Josh https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ceb5a3a68498ab3e449014caafb7a60c72e01ed9621b0b3ff5610d5e8d0a2cca.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4148561aec1ac196929b118651c8c3dee7ba4f96918be8793511cab18a9d2ff.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be41e8e05a723b1770ff24110f287bb96872bd0eacda47d9b170c7713638b533.jpg
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Hello, David —
Based on the images you provided, I can barely make out a possible sign of doubling on the reverse, but the image appears to be a bit blurry and I can’t tell for sure. If you wouldn’t mind trying to retake the image I would be glad to look again. I think I might see some doubling in “CENT” but don’t know for sure at this point.
Hay Josh I found a 1962 double die nickel how much is it worth?
Hi, Heather —
Would you please post a photo of your coin so I can see for sure whether it is a doubled die and, if so, what type you may have?
Hi, David —
This is a beautiful chocolate brown 1924 Lincoln cent. The $485 value you read elsewhere is for a superb piece in Mint condition — very few pieces are anywhere close to that condition; yours is worth around 50 cents.
Hay, Josh. How are you? I have this here coin. Not shere what to call it , forgive me everyone .but this is were I login to find about coins..So here I amasking an haveing fun .what can you tell me about this……Still looking for that $ thank
Doing well, thanks — I hope you are, too.
Your 1988 Mexican 100 Peso coin is worth about 50 cents in that condition. A neat coin to collect nevertheless!
Hi, I am not a collector but just find the hunt somewhat fun. I am curious as to what this is. Machine doubling? I’ve included a picture. Please and thank you!
Sorry, here is the picture.
Hi, Sheryl —
What year and mintmark is this Lincoln cent, please? I would like to compare to all possible die varieties.
I think this may be a case of possible post-mint damage, but I want to rule out all possible die varieties beforehand.
Lol It is a 1969 S penny. I have other pics if needed. Thank you so much for your time, and yes I know it’s only 0.0000000000009% chance it’s a DD.
Hi, Sheryl —
I’m afraid this is not the 1969-S doubled die cent. However, it’s great that you’re keeping an eye out for these types of varieties. With a close eye, you’re sure to come across more interesting coins in the months ahead!
Thank you for your question, and good luck!
No worries, like I said it is the hunt that is most intriguing.
Hi, Sheryl —
I do see what appears to be a C-shaped mark on the “E.” It might be raised, but I can’t tell for sure. If it is, its likely a piece of debris that was caught in the die; such pieces are worth about $1.
If the “C” is incuse (carved into the coin), it’s a coin worth face value.
Keep on checking your change!
Hi, just following up for a verdict or is the jury still out?
I have Lincoln penny 1962-D, 1978-D, 1979-D, 1980, 1982, 1986-D, 1989-D, 1991-D, 1994, 1994-D, 2000-D & 2001-D. Can i know which of them have worth value?
Hi, Rodel —
Assuming all were found in pocket change, everything listed before 1982 is worth 2 cents for their copper value and the cents made since are worth face value.
Thanks for your question,
Hello Josh, I have 1946 s. It’s in pretty bad shape but I’m starting to wonder if there isn’t something from when it was made and then at the 1946 s that’s a lot of marks on it I don’t know what that came from if you could would you please take a look at it…
Thsnk You ..
Hi, David —
It looks like your 1946-S Lincoln cent has had a few bumps and bruises during its 70 years. While your coin is worth about 3 cents, the story it could tell would be worth much more.
Hello Joshua I have a 1958 D wheat penny and I’m liking to know is how can I find out if it is a dead man’s penny?
Hi, Keevan —
The only way to know something like this is if you could trace the provenance (ownership chain) of this coin; this is best done if you knew rather or not this particular coin came from a certain estate, collector, etc. If you picked the coin up in circulation, there’s really no way to know.
I hope the first part of my answer particularly helps a bit.
I picked up some coins at a yard sale yesterday. It had a collection of pennies starting in the 1930a up to 1990. Not every year is represented, but I do have some unique pieces at least by my standards. I had never known about the steel pennies from 1943. Now I have 3. But there are a few I would like to know more about. I have one from 1947 that looks like it could have been struck twice but I’m not sure. I will send pictures as soon as possible.
Hello i have 1 penny 1984 i don’t know if it’s double ear
Hi, Andrii —
From what I can tell in the photo, this does not appear to be a doubled die. The 1984 doubled die cent has a prominent double ear lobe, and I don’t see that feature on this coin in the image you sent.
Keep checking your change!
Hello to all, I found 11 . 1955 Wheaties for my collection today but this one in particular I need you to look at just you tell me if you can see anything on it the bottom of the E. and Liberty has something protruding out the bottom and a couple of the other letters look a little weird but I tried to get the best picture I could and thank you very much for all that you do
This mite be a better pitcher
Hi, David —
It looks like the protrusion is a possible die chip, which is usually worth an extra $1 to $2 for Lincoln wheat cents.
Hi josh, I was hoping you coulnd help me figure out what the deal with the “O” in this 2016 issued Jefferson nickel is. It’s the last “O” in Monticello on the reverse. I’m not very familiar with all die varieties & errors but this is a recent release and I haven’t heard of anybody discovering this yet
Hi, Steve —
There is definitely an anomaly with the “O,” and it appears mint-made. The question now is what type of error/die variety this may be. Given the coin is very new, it is hard to find any other information about this and frankly this is the first I’ve seen of this particular variety.
The individual who might know about this possible new variety is a veteran numismatist named John Wexler. Here is more info on how to contact him: https://doubleddie.com/
Good luck, and thank you for posting this great photo!
Thanks for your consideration Josh, I’m really intrigued by this coin and am about to follow thru with your suggestion. Love your articles, keep up the good work
I really appreciate your kind words and feedback! I hope the coin works out in your favor price wise!
Hi, Josh. This is another of the 55 wheat pennies and on the reverse I noticed the lettering was a little different size
Hello .I have a nother wheelie I would like you to look at Josh on every reverse the letters in ( Pivribus) the RIB is this caused by machine doubling ? And thanks again .
Hi, David —
What year is this coin? Based on the appearance of the edges in the doubling, I suspect machine doubling, but I want to rule out any possible varieties and thus need to know the coin’s year and mintmark, too, please.
I’m sorry Josh, hi had told lee forgot about the date on it it to 1955 no mess up no matt mark I guess I go love and mikey pretty 5 today
Hello, I’m sorry the coin in question is a 1955 there’s no mint mark on it I forgot about that thank you
Need your email Joshua
One more time .Hello
Again, Here is 1948 wheat on the reverse between the wheat stock an the letter C .something is there it like the top layer iscome lose .And im seeing a copper colored letter there could you please give me your opinion on this and thanks again
Hi, David —
Indeed, the top layer of metal has been affected by corrosion. Unfortunately, that negatively impacts the value of this coin, which is now worth about 3 to 5 cents.
Thank you for your question and great photos!
1955 , no mint mark
The coin is 1955 no mint mark
Hi Joshua – I’m new to Disqus and figure this probably isn’t the correct place to post this question, but I don’t know what I’m doing!
I recently acquired a rather large amount of minted coins. Half canadian and half us and one set from new zealand. I’m really skeptical about going to a coin appraisal place – I hear a lot of differing reviews from all of the ones around me. I’ve made a list of the coins and was wondering if you’d take a peek and see if there are any worth getting looked at?
I appreciate your time – and I would be willing to send pictures of any/all of them.
Hello, Kat —
Depending on how large your collection is I may not be able to check them all out on here due to logistics of the number of photos it would take to review all of your coins, but I would nevertheless be happy to offer my opinion and assistance!
Let’s start with, say 5 or 10 coins that you’re most interested in learning more about. I may be able to gauge the general collection based on those representative coins and then can provide you with resources and/or specific information to help with the others.
I look forward to hearing from you!
That sounds like a great start with me! I have certificates of authenticity for all of these coins and I chose 13 coins to look at (sorry, a little over the limit!) I do appreciate all of your help!
Do you have an email i could contact you at? I am having a hard time uploading images into this thread.
I was able to find pictures of these three – this may be redundant if the list price of them is their value? I also have “Powered Flight in Canada: Beyond World War II” which is a set of ten coins but I am unable to find any information on them.
I have all of their certificates of authenticity and they are in their plastic covers, obviously never removed. Tell me what you think, and if you would like pictures please send me your email address and I will send them!
Please stick to U.S. Coins only, Kat — as this is a site about U.S. Coins. Thanks!
Hi Josh – could I get your email by chance? I am unable to post any information about these coins because they are not U.S. coins. Or if you were even able to provide resources for me to search on my own that would be great.
Hello, Kat —
Here is a post I wrote here several years ago about Canadian coins that might help brief you on the topic a bit: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/canadian_coins/
As for Canadian coin values, you might want to try this site: https://www.coinsandcanada.com/coins-prices.php
And for coins from New Zealand, I suggest this site: https://www.allcoinvalues.com/new-zealand-coins-and-notes/new-zealand-predecimal-coin-values.html
All the best,
Hello Josh..this is my first time posting here, but I’ve been following awhile and I’ve learned quite a bit from you, thank you. But I recently bought a roll of quarters and noticed this mark in the “S” in a Mississippi state quarter..then found it the same exact mark in another quarter of the same roll..is this a normal?
Hello, Jf —
This appears to be a die chip in the photo. Such pieces usually have a nominal premium of $2 to $5.
Hello, I have a question about the 1955 wheatie if it’s machine double would that be considered a poor man’s double die ? I have been reading all the articles on D/D to make sure what I could call it is a poor man’s double die it’s ….Thank again . 1# Fan
Thank you for your kind words about the site! If it is machine doubled then, yes indeed, you’re describing a 1955 poor man’s doubled die. While most machine-doubled coins have no extra value, there is a market for the 1955 poor mans cent, and that coin is generally worth 50 cents to $1.
Hello Josh. I have a 1977D it look like there something in words in god we trust would you have a look at this .an as always Thanks a lot . #1 Fan
I see what may be some light machine doubling; this wouldn’t add any value to the coin in this case. However, all pre-1982 Lincoln Memorial cents are worth holding aside for their copper value (worth about 2 cents each).
Hello josh, I have a 1992 penny that looks doubled just wondering if it’s a double die or just a double struck penny
Hello, Robert —
I don’t seem to see any signs of doubling based on what I’m looking at in the photos you uploaded? Where did you see the doubling?
Under the neck ,bowtie
Hello, Robert —
Thank you for letting me know. While there does appear to be some surface disruption there, I don’t seem to see any evidence of this coin being a doubled die.
Keep checking your change!
Hi Josh, I’m new here. I found two 1955 coins. One of them looks good and the other one has poor man double die on the last figure. I wanna make sure if it’s correct. Thanks
Yes the 1955-S Lincoln cent appears to be in choice uncirculated condition and is worth around 25 to 30 cents or more, based on how nice the surfaces and strike are under 5X-10X magnification.
The 1955 “poor man’s doubled die” obverse is not rare but nevertheless a fun coin to own; it is worth about $1 in average-circulated condition.
Hello josh ,I found a 1983p nickel I’m not sure if it is a doubled die or double strike and what would be the value of this coin any help would be appreciated .Thank you
Hello, Robert —
There is no listing in any variety database of a 1983-P doubled die Jefferson nickel. Looking at the anomaly in the area of LIBERTY and the date, I think this is a result of either machine doubling or die fatigue and would be worth only a nominal amount over face among those who collect such pieces.
If you would be interested in submitting the coin for inspection, you might consider checking this link out: https://doubleddie.com/
Hello again, I have another 1992 penny I’m not sure about I know the first one you couldn’t see the doubling I hope this one you can help me with
Hello, Robert —
I’m taking a close look at the reverse especially and while there appear to be some hallmarks of a possible doubled die, I believe this coin exhibits more diangostics of machine doubling based on the edges of the doubled regions of the design, etc.
Remember that even if this is a doubled die, it is neither a widely recognized nor widely collected coin and thus may be worth just a few dollars. Consider checking this page link out for die comparison to a recognized 1992 doubled die cent: https://doubleddie.com/700034.html
Hi, Josh, thanks for your patience. This time I bring a penny from 1937 p. The letter I(in God we) looks strange.
Hi, Robert —
This appears to be post-mint damage based on the surface diagnostics and would be worth only 5 to 10 cents.
Hi josh , thanks for all your help, I have a 2015 Homestead quarter that has a major die break,will this add any xtra value to the coin.
Hmm… I am not finding much information (yet) on die breaks for this type as far as value, but that may just be due to its relatively newness. The value would depend solely on the demand for the coin. Such pieces, once they attain a collector following, could be worth from $3 to $5 or more.
Definitely hang onto it for now,
Hello josh , I have a 1975D nickel that is off center and the date has been affected by this ,is this just a damaged coin or does it give the coin any extra value? Thank you
This is a bona fide error coin that appears off-center by approximately 5% to 8%. This is just at the point where the value reasonably kicks into the $1 to $3 range.
Hi josh, again I would like to thank you for all your time helping answer all my questions, this time I have 3 double die coins 1964,1972,1983.I do have a little knowledge about them but I would like to know you opinion ,the condition of the coins are not the best but are they worth much in these conditions
Hi Josh,I really need your help with this one,I have a 1880 O morgan dollar with some kind of markings on the obverse and reverse.Do have any idea what may have caused them.The last photo the leaf is missing some of its design.Thanks
Hi, Robert —
They look like die crack markings; it might be listed among one of these 1880-O VAM varieties…
We found this coin in an old shed at a abandoned farm. It is a 1984 coin, possibly a double die. It is not in mid condition, but it is still fairly readable. How much could this be worth?
Hi, Kyler —
The hole was made after the coin left the Mint; unfortunately the resolution of the photo isn’t high enough for me to see if your 1984 Lincoln cent is a doubled die.
Please feel free to resend a clearer image and I’d be happy to reevaluate!
Thank you for the update on the nickel-sized penny. That’s why those in-hand inspections are always a good backup 🙂
Yes, I do see some signs of doubling on the obverse, but it appears to be machine doubling because of the appearance of the secondary lettering. However, I urge you to hang onto this piece for a while and let’s see if there are any reports of doubled dies. The Harper’s Ferry quarter is only now making a widespread appearance in circulation and as more eyes look for die issues we might see a variety or two come out of this issue.
You might also want to contact John Wexler, a die variety expert: https://doubleddie.com I believe he will say the same thing, but perhaps he may provide a different opinion…
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Hello, David —
I am trying to zoom in but the photo gets fuzzy as I come in closer. Based on what I see, it looks like machine doubling. I also compared your coin to photos of the other recorded 1993-D doubled die pennies. From what I see, none look like this one. You might consider submitting your coin for evaluation just to make sure, because an in-hand inspection where the date can be clearly see would be most helpful in this case.
Here’s where to submit the coin if you’re interested: https://www.doubleddie.com/402401.html
Again, this looks like machine doubling based on the photo…
Hi Josh I have a lot of error coins like this over 1000 is this a dobbled die 68 d https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/52ee963329ce39aa7186a00bd93ac67b777e8897d91ef212de3263e0b33f0372.jpg
What I see is a 1989-D Lincoln cent with what appears to be machine doubling. Did you have a photo of the 1968-D penny you were asking about?
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Hi, Tommy —
The image is a tad blurry upon zoom, but it appears this is machine doubling and has a likely value of 50 cents to $1.
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Need your conclusion about this coin for me and help me how to make a tittle for each coin cuz I was planning to sell it. And here they are
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Hi, Dayan —
I would really love to help but if this is describing coins for sale I am unable to assist since I can’t view the coins in person and make a conclusion. Doing so could put us both at legal liability. I would simply list the coins on eBay as “view photos and make conclusion,” since I can’t verify the varieties without in-hand inspections. This is also the case with grades — eBay is (rightfully so) very strict about describing grades and unattributed varieties on coins.
I wish you all the best!
How do I post pics?
Hi, Walter —
This actually appears to be a repunched mintmark. These are generally worth $3 to $5.
Is it true that all mint marks were hand stamped?
Hi, Walter —
Prior to 1990, mintmarks on U.S. coins were essentially hand-punched onto working dies, which stamp the design on a blank coin. Since 1990, mintmarks have been placed on the master dies, thus essentially automating the placement of mintmarks.
I hope this info is helpful,
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I’ve been collecting coins off and on for a few years and just now started seriously collecting Kennedy Half Dollars. I’ve always like aura surrounding him so why not collect his coins as well. Anyways, I am also collecting the error coins as well. I need some help with this one. I’m pretty sure of what it is but it is not in the Cherrypickers’ Guide. I am an ANA Member and receive the Error Subscriptions but that just means I have probably missed something. Here is the picture. I believe it is a 1964-D (D/D/D). Please respond. Jerry https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f4315a2e55a66641fb95ad4da8aa5043691e1cbdc1edb8b76f80d54edd2e42a6.jpg
Hi, Jerry —
Hmm…. Interesting find. I think this is a great piece for die variety expert John Wexler to confirm. Here’s a link to his site: https://www.doubleddie.com/
Thank you Josh.
I love your site, thanks so much for your postings on various topics. I am having a lot of trouble determining what may or may not be doubled die coins. I have been searching cent rolls lately (I just started this hobby, though) and I don’t know what to look for to determine true doubled die coins. Is the doubling that happens with true doubled die coins always obvious to the naked eye? Or, can it be very subtle and small, but nonetheless a valuable doubled die coin? I do use a small basic magnifying glass sometimes but it isn’t particularly powerful and doesn’t magnify that much. With cents, I always save cents that were minted in 1981 and earlier just for the copper content. But, I know that there are some doubled die coins like in 1983, 1984, 1995, and others which have some value, so I have been saving those just in case some have true doubling but I haven’t been able to see it. I hope I am explaining myself clearly here. Basically, I’m wondering how an amateur can detect true doubled die coins while roll hunting, or even just when looking through pocket change.
Thanks for your help. Happy New Year.
Hello, Marcus —
I really appreciate your kind remarks on the site. Congratulations on entering the hobby! I hope you’re enjoying it so far. There’s certainly lots to see and do in coin collecting, including looking for doubled die coins.
What about them? Well, they can be either easy or hard to spot, based on the variety in question. For example, the 1955 double die cent is pretty hard to miss, with its clear doubling of the numerals in the date. But the 1984 doubled die? It’s rather difficult even for some attuned collectors to spot the doubling of Lincoln’s ear. Other times, coins that appear to be doubled dies aren’t actually doubled die coins at all, but rather double strike errors which are often worth little, if anything, over ordinary collector value.
Sometimes the best way to learn in this hobby is through the use of visuals, and in the case of collecting doubled die coins, that’s the most convenient way to learn. Here are some links that could help you:
Doubled Die U.S. Mint Errors: https://coinauctionshelp.com/doubledieminterror.html#.WH015iMrKb8
Doubled Die Coins – Wexler Catalog: https://doubleddie.com/58222.html
Doubled Die Coins Versus Other Doubling: https://www.coingalaxy.com/coininfo/doubling.html
I hope these guides and images help you a bit. Please check back if you need more information or have other questions!
Thanks so much for the links, Josh. I will be sure to read those over. What do you think about the 1992D “close AM” cent and the 1999 “wide AM” cent? Are those worth looking for too? Is it easy to spot them if you get one which is closer or wider than it’s supposed to be? (Would they need to be in un-circulated condition to be valuable?)
Maybe I should get a more powerful magnifying glass too?
Hi, Marcus —
The 1992-D Close AM and 1999 Wide AM cents are certainly worth looking for, but they’re really quite rare so check your change carefully but realize they don’t pop up very often at all. To avoid getting frustrated on focusing on any one or two coins or types of varieties, I’d probably expand the focus to include a range of varieties and errors, such as repunched mintmarks, missing mintmarks, die cracks, and other unusual findings that may be more obscure or not necessarily even worth very much but nonetheless are numismatically interesting.
As for magnification devices, I’d recommend a 5X to 10X power coin loupe.
Here’s more info that could help you:
Coin Supplies: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin-collecting-supplies/
CLose AM, Wide AM Cents: https://www.ebay.com/gds/So-what-exactly-is-a-Close-AM-and-Wide-AM-Cent-/10000000177207003/g.html
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Just found a 1989D with doubling on reverse on top logo,USA. Someone tell me if it’s a good one please?https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bafe11ce20a57215200e45ffd09a134e9dceb199af73943a3400a2d54a27b663.jpg
Hi, Rick —
Something about the strength (or lack thereof) in the middle reverse (tails) design suggests the apparent doubling may be a diagnostic of die wear. I do suggest having this coin examined by a professional in-hand to inspect the doubling at the top center of the reverse at different angles. I am pretty sure, however, this is a coin struck by an aging die and is not worth more than face value.
Advice for finding a good coin dealer: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/
Nationwide searchable list of coin dealers: https://png.memberclicks.net/find-a-png-dealer
I have had this coin since Delaware came out, I was collecting the state quarters. This 1999 D Delaware quarter has very light print on both sides, No date shows at all. Wondering if it has any value? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/58d3fa9730a489648cadd565d3892ecdc8176c5dd7102fb0413c013bfa08ae8f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fe1fabd18f84e19c7755f995106d206bfc227dac87277ccffdd95e8f17546aec.jpg
Hi, Sharon —
You may have something worthy of saving here. While the coin would definitely need to be inspected in-hand at various angles under magnification to confirm, it could be a grease strike-through. The value of such coins varies because each is pretty unique, but most are worth $10 or more.
I hope this info is helpful!
It looks like this penny has doubling on the mint mark am I correct in this assumption and if I am what would be the value be https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c544d58e2835f5c6c3d1620c8160be88c8420ce457a52b6100a3b13d87b487d4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9cbc660df9ce9f1a8452c2871b0c0f2720e7854271428c96304fd578136175d8.jpg
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Hi, Tammy —
Based on what I see, it looks like this coin has a repunched mintmark. Typical examples of this variety are usually worth $1 to $3.
Thank you for your question and coin photos,
I was wondering what you could tell me about this 2013 penny to me there seem to be errors but I am unsure https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03d70c7e5613d84499a7f71ff70cd07e90c9a99002c52d45413a7ce8ccf81211.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b1ae95a121f33f3ca9932f801f8e600c0c6d1a5d12702cadd78322f4af180960.jpg
Did I post this right
I can see why this one stood out from the rest of the group! It looks like this poor Lincoln cent was abraded, damaged in such a way that it exposes the coin’s inner zinc core. I see signs of a possible cleaning or acid exposure, too. Given the post-Mint damage, this piece is worth face value.
Thank you for your question and photos,
My name is Tommy. I have a double die 1983 quarter and a few other odd balls what would be a value on the 1983
Hi, Tommy —
Would you please post a photo of your 1983 doubled die Washington quarter so I can be of further assistance on helping you track down its potential value?
I’m curious about this nickel I found in my pocket when grabbing some change. It looks like there’s a double die on the back side with a ghost image of the front. It’s circa 1969. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ace98eba17f1a8dea2bd1576e5253dba0498dddeeaebc10567eb529919f5d0f9.jpg
Hi, Jason —
Very interesting… Is the Jefferson image incuse (going into the coin) or reliefed (standing up from the surface)? I’m inclined to suggest seeing if this is the work of a creative epoxy imprint, something which could be verified by testing to see if acetone removes the imprint.
Hmmm…. I look forward to finding out any more info you can kindly provide on this one as far as design details, etc. We’ll figure this out…
I’m hesitant to clean it with acetone, I’ve watched enough pawn stars to know that cleaning a coin can devalue it :), but if it won’t damage it I can try it. I tried taking some better side pics but I’m not sure is they’ll help much but as you might be able to see from the side view there’s isn’t the normal lip around the edge like a normal coin on the back side. I ran my finger nail across and I can feel that it’s indented and not raised.
Should I take it into a local coin shop to have them take a better look?
Hi, Jason —
I’m glad to hear you’re concerned about cleaning it. Thankfully, acetone is a “safe” way to remove residue from coins without harming their surfaces and is considered a conservation solvent. The KEY is to use straight acetone and not formulated nail polish remover, which contains other chemicals that may damage your coins.
You were right, it was a glue layer. I took it into a coin shop and had them take a look and he said the same thing so I took it home and soaked it in some acetone and the glue layer fell off. Thanks for taking a look at it, next time I find something like this I’ll look a little closer.
Thank you for the update on this… It nevertheless was an eye-popping piece — and now you’ve learned something for the future, too.
As for taking the coin to a coin shop, it wouldn’t hurt and by all means do so for a good, in-hand second opinion. But the fact you mention the design elements are indented suggests the extra imprint was from another coin whose image was somehow embedded upon the host coin.
Looks like “die clash”
Hello how are you í got a nickel 2006 D but i os diferent to another coins has maks in all the edge https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3959e357aa47694a9042abc1ff0bdc21b54a37199bad44402a4416e88b0497ef.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ce33f30fa88ecf582cd40cf05056c4fcef0c3f0d9c41436e2ba7201c44f624a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/329273902a3b488a9882fa6d171acf620a7daeba6795ead7cab99c70f83cda6a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dabed916a45fd305fbc4dc6afc598c855b998b51dc3c9218a73522ad842ee874.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0229db91b671af66a3402f81812d4cb9962aa3f99fa1c2e12970d55b11bc2b0d.jpg
Hi, Pedro —
I’m afraid your 2006-D Jefferson nickel has extensive edge post-Mint damage, This piece is worth face value.
I HAVE 1999 CONNECTICUT QUARTER THAT IS DOUBLED ON CONNECTICUT CAN ANY ONE TELL ME WHATS IT WORTH
I DOUBLE DIE QUARTER DOUBLEDIE ON CONNECTICUT HOW MUCH IS IT WORTH
Hi, Shawn —
Would you please post a photo of your 1999 Connecticut quarter here so we can be of further assistance?
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https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c4097e71bd7592da23d37842781ce9f21868a97c192a30f951ff2713a70572cb.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/26699271ff8cdab3277409f9e4f2b4e2f5b46609a5cd87a46d636631202c3cc2.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/73d1e2fa17167a11da569c212a13977a40150ffc9ce070fbddf8d4f4ec1d055c.jpg I was reading up on double die coins and realized I have couple of 1969-S Lincoln penny’s.
Hello, Lonnia —
Cool finds! None of these 1969-S cents are doubled dies, but finding any S-mint Lincoln Memorial cents in pocket change is becoming more difficult these days. Each of the ones pictured above is worth 2 cents for its copper value.
Thank you for your question and photos,
Hi Joshua. I used to post a lots of bad looking coins. I just wanted to show you how far I have come. I have a 1983 P cent published in coin world magazine and also going to be published in the newest cherry pickers guy to die and varieties. I don’t know when that book will be coming out though. I am Sheila Ruley. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ecce7943402e0e95e1e2c0cb1c8d944d68f26e44699efb07d5a17c1e53e7407.jpg https://uploads.disquscdncom/images/d450387d5f4b689af5bc27069347621891ecd0afd4b076f48c5849269761f090.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e8f49b6bca20e73f61f04d8e4314b34aab6556311bd8ea091cca63ae0500cc6e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6183c8192c43b556bbb1926af412af7897c60cbae13622396fe52fcf35d80e43.jpg
Sheila, Sheila, Sheila!…
I am so happy for you! While so many collectors dream of finding a new coin variety, but very few ever do.
if you look on Wexler’s website you will also see that I have a 1993 P doubled die reverse cent with extra columns. That one will be in the coin world magazine on July 17.
Wow… This is incredible, Sheila! I’m really happy for you! Keep up the amazing work on finding these cool varieties…
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That’s beautiful! Crisp edges on the doubling…. Awesome work, Sheila! Congratulations!
Here is the full view of the 1983 P cent that you just saw that I got published. I just thought I would send you the actual photos of the whole thing showing you the doubling. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0f7881fb1a2daf4074dd4d7c8e1d6802ab68829c6f2b2fd1bfa11ea220cd04f8.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/97dbf44f0f6f9b2b1080320386d3774acca142b2118c4a249e40c184514097e1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a76d5f3bca03115a0682490f59f48ae12b5996910dfaeff0b8c946a2ccb8b9e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed429633e55f5b03ab1fc006cca7f4c6b6157de8317d1f93e999f0a724ad7961.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b6a825d07b69fcc910f4238122f9ca78baa1cdd2c0254b9eb823a0b115a1ea08.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5f2a65efcdcb596c716c9833631c4de6f5658689d51abf3baccfaded5be95fc8.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dd96cae9daebe2fff74e7ca18e6294913d95dcceef822667e938bdbc96647149.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/afe8a28f0ad3f5578f309fe9d45d5b816f7f8fb40f8ee9b3c736125e1e5a8ac9.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8bae7c0a8c65ed97843a436a78cdd5d7c305e730345457585cf7ba14dd28cad3.jpg
Hi, Sheila —
This is awesome… I have to ask, how much searching would you say you did before you came across this piece? did you spot it right off the bat, or did it take some deeper viewing to notice the doubling?
I’m so happy for you…
I have been doing this for about a year and a half. It was easy for me to spot because I have a 60 times microscope.
Wow, Sheila! Not many folks use 60X magnification to look at their coins, but this is excellent because you’ll spot so many varieties this way. With your keen eye and knowledge of varieties I would not be surprised if you end up discovering several more neat varieties in the years to come.
Thank you so much for the compliment!!! I will keep you posted on anything good I find. I also have 2 coin cents on cuds on coins website.
Yes, please be sure to stay in touch! I look forward to seeing the other varieties you’re sure to find down the pike!
Do you know anything about Canadian coins? I have a 1979 cent and I can’t tell if it may be doubled on both sides or if it is just MD. Can you tell with these photos? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a63904819f3581b3c1d4afc1653899a9feabc2d78439b1c8d04fc0a54d7140d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cae7b1b0938ffed2a93bdd7346080cc0af7d5ad7344850ea222eb1df91956a64.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0c8339ebc90a3adcb965182e47819260a216f38f7c9f9e17d6c6ab9e989f0743.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9cc604ed51d61291fa0b95f4ee77c04bcb3083e59ebc172cb78ebd870f9ba063.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc5ff8110f28eec5cdc808b770e99c47c6cc08c0a55c90f4cd1c4e60c5eac263.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7ee5586f52736b8e47c0904af167bdb46f72eefa8ce36afd04bbeac77a133cae.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/54c431a5d1d7cd502b9a10c4c493872f0a7c609a21a6781f09bae6b4ced106fd.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/84cf6ec9ca7b4a3b6fec205534bd4417ccebdd976438509d2f3834dc3197b61c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19094a378727d6851dfa67c27362b86e64863afdec12054c9820b9b8494d6db0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6886f54857a888adf763388911c18be5dc4825f685548f78305b420b15b20a26.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7f3152c86955cb34d944f2987d74edff9f232305b2b7aa9e215a1f03f224e4c3.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a3ffe80b4411c6c12f1b31002837cb4ec6a4f06119095ad74a70b8a898481a2d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1cde544df44c3f0f8105c9751bbf85325e8f5540a8734f13fe9c5c0be6b3afe6.jpg
Good morning, Sheila —
I do focus much of my attention on Canadian coins, but I’m not necessarily well versed in Canadian varieties. Based on my general knowledge of varieties, etc., this looks very much like machine doubling and die deterioration; this is my opinion based on the fact that the doubling appears widespread across the coin, in one direction, and the shape of the edge of the doubling. The fact that this doubling appears on both the obverse and reverse (correct? baed on what I see in the images…) even more strongly suggests machine doubling.
Of course, I always say it’s worth a shot to get a second opinion, and CONECA is where I’d start with that. Here’s their link: https://varietyvista.com/index.htm
Again, I’m pretty confident this is machine doubling and die deterioration, but we’ll cross some fingers.
I have a 1958 D wheat penny double die with numbers shown in the back ground I think it a coin struck on top of another coin
Hi, Alex —
Would you please post a photo of this coin here in the comments forum?
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I also have this 1957 wheat penny I would love your thoughts on. The word God is is not God at all. Thanks in advance https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c53104b615252453f84369ccfae9e51a6e21f16f02c70aec3434d48287da275.jpg
Wow, Kelly —
Neat find; it looks like a die crack knocked out the middle of the “G” and connected the “D” to the rim. The coin is 2 to 3% off center, too. This is a really neat die crack variety. Perhaps you should send this photo to John Wexler or the folks at CONECA for further attribution. I’d call it the “IN OOD WE TRUST” variety — just my 2 cents!
Here’s Wexler’s info: https://doubleddie.com/
And CONECA’s: https://varietyvista.com/index.htm
Awesome thanks Josh I will take your advice and see what they say
The B in liberty is also filled in is that also considered a die crack
I think so… It seems like this coin was struck on a badly damaged die, but I’d be curious what you find out!
I will definitely let you know what they say. I have one more if you don’t giving me some advice on it. It is a 1970 S penny and thanks again in advance https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/390eab319d7a80beafcc9d791d9abd08779ebca4710676c302eb9f5c7d3d5c2a.jpg
Oooooh, Kelly! Nice! I think this may be triple-punched! Definitely send this one along for attribution, too!
You’re welcome, Kelly! Best of luck!
Hi, Kelly —
I checked the 1973-S doubled die registry to see if it’s listed; there is at least one variety listed for that year, but this coin doesn’t seem to match the one in the photo. While this could be machine doubling, I suggest sending this photo (and one of the coin’s entire obverse (head’s side) to variety expert John Wexler verify. If it is a doubled die, it could then be attributed. Here’s John’s info: https://doubleddie.com/
Hi, Stella Marie —
I’m afraid this photo is too blurry to make anything out. I see this is an uncirculated Lincoln cent, but I can’t tell what year in the photo.
Please upload a clearer image if you can. Thanks!
I found this quarter I was wondering if you could tell me what happened to it both sides of the coin are very smooth https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0c68dc81f694cb36346d8cce4244ba6039f56a2abd57915cf3c345f91e57ee7b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a21f1a259816a08b873dbae9ad0347bf15e076bd3a44a36ed037220c4ca89bf.jpg
Hi, Tammy —
This coin has experienced a tremendous amount of post-Mint wear. Whether it’s natural or intentional is hard to say, but the the coloration suggests environmental damage and the pitting on the reverse indicates the coin was exposed to caustic fumes or acids. At any rate, while this coin is worth face value, it’s certainly worth holding aside as a circulation curiosity.
I have a 1958 D obverse https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0340187ffec498b01fc99523a0bb22d93a4b2f12042d3be3398c9166becc9d2b.jpg dd date error on and looks off center how do I find out if that’s what it is. I am knew at all this. Any help would be great!!!
Yes, this piece is off-center by about 2% — not really enough to add value to the coin from that standpoint but still technically an error. I do see doubling on this coin, too, but from what I see in the image this is machine doubling due to strike shift — essentially the coin was moved as the coin was being struck by the die, causing a doubled appearance. This is pretty common among Lincoln cents of the 1950s, thus not really a valuable error. I’d still hold the coin aside though, especially should you decide to sell it, you might find someone willing to pay a small (50 cents to $1) premium for it.
Yes I have a 1972 d double die penny n also a couple other coins. 1983 d quarter,1939 nickel,68 & 93 d dimes. I believe the penny is double die,it’s different for sure. It’s pretty good shape. Do any of these have any value? Kimberly
Hi, Kimberly —
Assuming you have an authentic 1972 doubled die, then yes — there is some significant value there. The 1983-D Washington quarter is really only valuable if it has only light wear or is uncirculated, and the 1939 nickel is worth 10 to 20 cents if worn. Value-wise, there is nothing special about regular, worn business-strike Roosevelt dimes made since 1965 unless they have errors or varieties.
Here’s more info on 1972 penny values: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/1972-penny-value/
And more info on 1983 Washington quarters: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/clad-washington-quarters-value/
Please upload clear photos of your 1968 and 1993-D Roosevelt dimes and I’ll be glad to assist further and see what might be going on with those.
I have this 1941 Nickle that appears to have extra material on the OBVERSE behind the head towards the top is this an error
Real or fake https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9f9f9a4385c4f094c6cef615d59bbf49601e1aec40fa5ea34d22e65256452af5.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4ee3d5591f4dfbc9c847ae4a6c2b549035195246ee34ac4b37546793976d8941.jpg
Hi, Joshua —
I am NOT an authentication service but I’ll always give my opinion. Authenticity is a tough call to make in the vacuum of not knowing a coin’s weight or size. Yours should weigh at about 3.11 grams and measure 19 millimeters in diameter. It generally looks ok. It appears to just be a nice, higher-end uncirculated piece — something you don’t always see in circulation or rolls anymore with 1972 pennies. High-end Lincoln cents grading MS67 or higher are often worthy of certifying.
I have a 1917 wheat penny that has a smooth surface the wheat stocks on the back are smooth is it a error
Hi, Kayla —
I’d really need some clear images of this coin, please, to be most helpful. But it sounds like you’re describing a heavily worn example of this coin. Please check here for more info on 1917 penny values: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/1917-penny-value/
Joshua. I realize I need a better mag glass, but could you confirm or deny my thoughts on some of these coins, maybe it just me, but if you look at the D stamp https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7ab97bb7e42c473816de9bb8e7f806888c16f4a336812233e39f5e6c4097aab5.jpg
, it looks closer to the 9 on some of these. What do you think?
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2e1242e4d42d7abb0948919b69c73d2fd429e420a7a363e9875b5bba0594b1cd.jpg Do we have something here or is it just quality differences?
Hi, Jensen —
Both of these 1917 Lincoln pennies seem to have a decent amount of detail remaining. Lighting is always an issue with photos and thus partly why I don’t provide opinions on grades by photo here. Also proving difficult to determine here is color. While the piece on the left appears to have original, chocolate brown surfaces, there are some signatures on the piece on the right that it may have light surface corrosion (a slightly splotchy reddish tinge in some areas, verdigris inside the “U” of “TRUST,” etc.). I’m inclined to answer your question by indeed saying there are quality differences here.
Hope this helps,
Hello, I am new to coin collecting but have fallen in love with it. I just got a Microscope for coins. I was checking out a 2112 D Penny to my shock every letter on the penny is double die. The only thing that is not is the date and the D. The penny is in brand new condition. I am not sure what I have with this penny?? Help!! Nadine
I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the hobby! Would you please upload a couple clear photos of your 2012-D penny so I can further advise?
I think this coin has a double die on both the front and back.
If you want more photos, just let me know.
Hi, Nadine —
Thank you for sending the photos for review; your coin appears to have some light machine doubling, which is common and unfortunately does not add any extra value. Here’s some more info to help you understand the difference between a doubled die and machine doubling: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/machine-doubling-doubled-dies/
Hi sorry the date of the penny is 2012 D not 2112. I am so excited about finding this penny but have no idea what to do with it? Thank for any help!! Nadine
hello i have a 1920 one cent usa that the (of) is double letter like this (off) america so idk if this cent have a good value im still new to coin
Hi, Marc —
Would you please send a closeup of the coin, including and most especially the area of the doubled die (“OF”?).
so the double die is very easy is spot and machine doubling requires squinting.
and doublie dies are like a letter on top of one or printed twice while machine doubling is more like a blurry letter.
Sort of… In the case of doubled dies, the doubling (it doesn’t have to be just a letter) will be about as pronounced as the primary design element, whereas machine doubling usually looks less pronounced and may nearly appear to have been smeared down and away from the original design. Hope that makes sense!
is this an error?
Hi, Adam —
I’m afraid not; based on what I see in this image the coin has some heavy rim wear, possibly from much vending machine use. But I see no signs of any legit errors.
Thanks for reaching out,
i got this one strait from the fed so how could it be vendingmachine use?
I’m trying my best to help you based on images and very little supportive information/text with them. Please clarify further what you mean by you got it “strait [sic] from the fed”?
There’s frankly nothing about this coin that, in the photo, stands out as an error. It appears to have a flattish rim, which absent seeing the coin in-hand and no further info about the coin’s history, is simply indicative of moderate rim/edge wear.
I think I found the 1969 s DDO. Thank you for your time.
Here’s a couple more pics https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1203a0b53991c80ec22ba7a941449534e5eeb4576e5200ab0604544082488d1d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fbd4a3132ea7a22d964ae98b532eb5b3efce1ca9e1b615eaae2e06011edf4812.jpg
Hi, Cee Cee —
Based on these images it appears this coin exhibits machine doubling, which will show the doubled elements (such as the lettering) smearing out and away from the primary design elements — not notched, as is more common on doubled dies.
The key diagnostic on this piece is the apparent doubling in the “S” mintmark, which would NOT be doubled if it were a doubled die, because it was hand punched onto the die after the hubbing process (which is where doubled dies are born).
Thank you for reaching out,
I found today a 2020 D Dbl Die date and liberty on a nickel. It was the first time using my camera I bought.
Hi, RS —
Oh, wow! As we don’t permit links for photos in our comments, if you don’t mind posting the photo file here as an attachment rather than as a link, I’d love to check it out!
Jason I wont Easter your time. After further reading your posted articles I determined it was “machine” doubling. I can accept that without wasting your time.
Thank you sir!
I appreciate that sentiment but no time wasted here — if something I wrote in an article or comment helps educate then that is time well spent!
Hello again Joshua
I’m back on the scope tonight and found this 2018 Nickel. What do you think? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/032247b6fc162f703f31d762c86fecf327d65302a916fbd719298d3dbba5937f.jpg
Hi, RS —
Interesting find! The doubling appears to emanate from the design nearly in the form of a smear out and away from the primary elements. Given this, and the fact it is seen on both the obverse and reverse, my call is machine doubling. But it may be worth sending these images to the die attribution experts at CONECA or Variety Vista for a second opinion.
Thank you again Josh. I will send the few varieties I’ve found and shown you here. I appreciate your opinion.
You’re welcome, R S!
Oh, here is the rear of that 2018 Nickel. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c6b5696c803bd22065cdb93748bafdff647efbe5b808706e372745168d0f75f0.jpg