1971-S Lincoln Cent Doubled Die Obverse

1971-S Doubled Die Obverse DDO-004 FS-103

A few years ago, I was frantically buying Proof Lincolns for customers who said they would be coming to the VNA show in Fredericksburg, VA and would like to pick up some proof Lincoln cents from me. I decided to purchase a few handfuls of rolls of proof Lincoln cents to fulfill other orders I had received.

So when the rolls got here, I opened them up and carefully looked a few of the top coins on each roll to see the average quality. I then set the rolls down next to….. a Cherry Pickers Guide. I decided, what the heck. I put on a white glove and started looking each proof coin in the rolls.

Doubling easily seen on “IN GOD WE TRUST”

When I was in the 1971-S roll, I had to do a double take. I looked at “IN GOD WE TRUST” and I could clearly see the doubling. That “cookie cutter” looking line almost down the center of “IN” is typically what a doubled die looks like. Some devices ( letters numbers or objects) can show die doubling a little stronger or weaker, depending on the doubling on the working die, the strength of the strike onto the planchet and a host of other variables.

The word "IN" of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The word “IN” of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004

Looking at “GOD” I was finally convinced this was a doubled die. In the Example below, the word “GOD” is clearly doubled. When the working die was made, both impressions from the master die onto a working die that struck this coin were at the same depth, only slightly off clockwise. You can see how far off by looking at the word “GOD” below.

The words "IN GOD" of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The words “IN GOD” of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004

Notice how strong that cookie cutter line looks. It’s at the same height of the remainder of the letters. There is no damage associated with the doubling, so that eliminates the possibility of mechanical (worthless) doubling. There is a presence of some notching especially at the top of the “G”. That’s a good sign that the coin is truly a doubled die as well.

We looks especially strong which can be unusual. The “W” is usually pretty weak and the “E” usually shows a separation near the tips of the “E” . This one shows a different look. You can clearly see the “cookie cutter” lines within the “W”. The same holds true with the “E”, although the lighting would not allow me to get both letters on the same quality. If you look at the “E” at each leg at the bottom you will see a slight notching. Additionally the “cookie cutter” line can be seen through the vertical part of the “E” as well.

The word "WE" of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The word “WE” of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004

The word “TRUST” is too wide to display in a single view. If I try to use a lower magnification, the letters, the outer letters (the “T” and “T”) actually become a little fuzzy since they are not closer to the middle. So let us do it this way.

The letters TR 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The letters TR 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The letters US 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The letters US 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The letters ST 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The letters ST 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004

“LIBERTY” shows a moderate doubling

And lastly, “LIBERTY” It does have some doubling, but at this point in taking photographs and adjusting the lighting on every photo, it was getting late and I had my fill of trying to make this work. You may be able to make out the “LIBE” and part of the “R” with that “cookie cutter” style doubling.

The word LIBERTY on a 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The word LIBERTY on a 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004

Well, thats about it for the spectacular shots, being that this 1971-S Lincoln Proof Cent, DDO-004 is in an ANACS slab. I think it took me about 2 hours to successfully get the photos I did. The slabs tend to bend light in the strangest ways some times.

The obverse of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The obverse of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004

The reverse of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The reverse of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The slab obverse of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The slab obverse of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The slab reverse of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004
The slab reverse of an 1971-S Lincoln cent proof doubled die obverse DDO-004

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