Errors and Varieties

Errors and Varieties on U.S. and Foreign Coinage

There are 8 items in this category

1842 Seated Liberty Half, Medium Date, Tripled Date
Year: 1842
Condition: PCGS/CAC AU-53
Description: (SOLD March, 2015 for $700, the listing left posted for its information value. Other better Seated Halves sold may be found in my Archive section) Medium Date/Large Letters Reverse, the size of the Reverse lettering changed sometime during the year to presumably improve the striking quality of the series. Modestly common as a date, but not looking like this. A stunning original AU coin with original pearl gray surfaces showing more luster than I could properly image,and PQ for the date & grade. This is also an example of WB-105, a Tripled Date variety, and so noted on the PCGS label. Rare, rated as an R-5 in the standard text on the series, and infrequently traded. From a small hoard that I recently purchased that has been off the coin market for probably three generations! All of these coins come with the original paper envelopes in which they were stored for many years.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #004131    See Details...
1845 Seated Liberty Half, Scarce Date
Year: 1845
Condition: PCGS/CAC EF-45
Description: (SOLD May, 2015 for $450) A original example of this scarce date, in my opinion showing AU-50 details. Likely netted down the 5 points by PCGS for some exceedingly minor marks. That is the nature of commercial "market" grading, which seeks to establish a market VALUE for a coin as distilled into a single number that someone can look up in the Greysheet, Trends Values or on an online guide somewhere. They forget that not all coins are equal, so not every "number" is worth the same. Certainly PQ for the assigned grade, as CAC had no issues with the coin. A very scarce date in this grade range, rated as an R-3+ in the standard text on the series. It also displays an interesting rim cud below the date, similar to that shown in W-B, a feature that is normally more associated with the Bust Half series. On the Reverse, several vertical stripe lines can be seen protruding below the shield point into the Eagle's feathers. This may be due to a manual re-cutting of the die to try to strengthen the lines as this die shows signs of a heavy clash with the Obverse, in the form of two "blobs" on top of the lines on the right side of the shield. The clash may also be responsible for the slight weakness in detail on the Eagle's right leg. This date consistently sells at auction well above the PCGS Price Guide value. From a small hoard that I recently purchased that has been off the coin market for probably three generations! All of these coins come with the original paper envelopes in which they were stored for many years.
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Item Id #004132    See Details...
1902 Liberty Nickel, Uncirculated, Struck on Incomplete Planchet
Year: 1902
Condition: PCGS MS-62
Description: Struck on an incomplete planchet, more commonly known as a "clipped" planchet. Certified PCGS MS-62 as 6% Straight End Clip. The planchet was punched out of the edge of the planchet strip, leaving an almost perfectly straight edge. Very difficult to price as I was not able to find a specifically comparable specimen, as is common to this error type. Currently listed on ebay - if you are interested, feel free to contact me to inquire.
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Item Id #006890    See Details...
1972 Lincoln Cent, Doubled Die Obverse #2, Gem BU
Year: 1972
Condition: Gem Uncirculated
Description: (SOLD January, 2017 for $85, on ebay) Once the first 1972 Doubled Die Cents were discovered in circulation, the hunt was on (to be repeated in 1995). A number of other DDO dies were found, currently eight known on Business Strikes, plus one on a Proof die, so the Philly die shop had some problems this year for some reason. This coin is an example of the second die found, Coneca DDO-002, Cherrypickers FS-01-1972-102. A fully Red blazing Gem BU - examples of Dies #2 and onward are nicer than most examples you will find of the #1 DDO, as most examples of #1 were handled with less care than the later discoveries. Although this die is not recognized by PCGS or NGC, other certification services such as ANACS do certify these, and this should have no problem grading a 65. If the coin looks a bit odd in my main images, that is because I imaged it within a Kointains holder (included with the coin).
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Item Id #005307    See Details...
1984 Lincoln Cent, Doubled Die Obverse, Superb Gem
Year: 1984
Condition: PCGS MS-67RD
Description: A "flaming Red" example of this variety, commonly known by the "Doubled Ear" moniker. Unlike the 1955, 1972 and 1995 Doubled Dies, which have details doubled around the periphery from a rotation of the die being prepared during hubbing, this variety had details shifted directly downward, likely due to die stretch or shrinkage due to improper annealing. Difficult to find in Superb Gem grade due to the typically crappy surfaces of the early Copper-plated Zinc Cents, which commonly show a badly bubbled surface and spotting. This variety was discovered after coins hit circulation in quantity, and many examples show fingerprints, spots, staining, and poor color/surfaces due to the plating issue. Not a problem with this coin which was handled with care, and shows far better than average surfaces. They get thin above this grade, with only about thirty 67+ and 68 coins at PCGS - one of the few 67+ coins is currently offered at $1000, which makes this a relative bargain. As a bonus, I will include the old ANACS photo certificate this was originally certified with. ANACS graded this MS-65, which was as high as their assigned grades went back then.
Price: $499.00
Item Id #006095    See Details...
1999 Jefferson Nickel, Broadstruck, Gem Uncirculated
Year: 1999P
Condition: PCGS MS-66
Description: An almost perfectly centered broadstruck specimen, with problem free lustrous surfaces. Well struck and with obvious Full Steps, although not so designated on the PCGS label. Oddly enough, most centered broadstrikes are FS as the very nature of the error promotes a full, deep strike. Perhaps oddly enough, this particular date is relatively commonly found with this type of error, probably simply due to an increase in mintage means more chance for a mistake during production. Not commonly found this nice however as the nature of the error also means that the coins tend to catch a lot of "flack".
Price: $115.00
Item Id #005062    See Details...
2005-D Jefferson Nickel, Bison Design, Speared Bison Variety
Year: 2005D
Condition: PCGS MS-64
Description: (SOLD November, 2016 for $200, on ebay) Bison on Plain design, the new "Buffalo Nickel" which proved very popular. This is an example of the Speared Bison variety, caused by a die gouge that leaves the impression of a spear passing through the Bison's back. A no problem coin with the variety being obvious, as shown. Even given the immense popularity of the Lewis & Clark Nickel program, not a lot of these certified - less than 650 in Unc at PCGS. It seems harder to locate these now, as most rolls would have been searched already for potential submissions.
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Item Id #005313    See Details...