Errors and Varieties

Errors and Varieties on U.S. and Foreign Coinage

There are 12 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.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #004132    See Details...
1883/2 Shield Nickel, Classic Overdate
Year: 1883
Condition: NGC AU Details
Description: FS-05-1883-303 (old FS-013.2), Fletcher-10. I had called this EF+ when raw. NGC for whatever reason called this "Cleaned", but did not mention the light edge damage - go figure. I think that they are wrong. In my opinion what they considered as "cleaning" are the hairlines from whatever misstep caused the edge damage to occur. Anyone with a knowledge of Shield Nickels would consider the color as what you would expect for a circulated coin; some luster is still evident as well. Plainly, the edge "ding" seems more serious, and it is not too bad either. As noted in my description before, it would be very hard to see when the coin is placed into a coin album, so as you know that it is real, I would suggest cracking the coin out. I have allowed for the minor damage in my pricing; normally an AU 1883 Overdate would certainly be more like $1500-1600. I have owned this a bit too long ... so offered at a serious discount.
Price: $995.00
Item Id #000992    See Details...
1914 Buffalo Nickel, 1914/3 Overdate, Rare
Year: 1914
Condition: AU-55
Description: (SOLD on ebay Jan. 2015 for $500) 1914 Buffalo Nickel, struck from overdate dies. This is an example of Pope Die #9 (for some reason this information was left off the label even though requested). A nice Choice Almost Uncirculated example, clearly showing the identifying features of this die: the die clashes under the chin and in front of the nose, as well as the Reverse crack. The top bar of the 3 shows a bit more boldly than on many specimens of this die. Submitted to SEGS as PCGS does not recognize all of the 8 or so known 14/3 Overdate dies. The wear is very light and the scratch as noted is present but not horrible. Confirmed by both Bill Fivaz and Larry Briggs, as well as by Ron Pope in prior correspondence. Pricing is of course a bit difficult, as some of the various OD varieties to not trade all that often. To that end, my Asking Price is an estimate based upon my opinion of the rarity and quality of the coin.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003915    See Details...
Year: 1922D
Condition: PCGS Good-6
Description: (This coin has been sold - I left the listing posted for the information on the variety. If you have an interest in this date, please let me know as I can usually locate one with not too much trouble) This famous error, or variety if you prefer, is somewhat of a mystery, in both why and how it came to be made. First of all, there was no particular need apparently for new Cents to be struck at Denver in 1922, as they had over 20 Million on hand at the end of the 1922 Fiscal Year (June 30) - and the 1922 mintage of only 7.2 million was not a significant portion of this number. The "how" has been widely debated. The typical theory is that some excessively worn dies were re-polished, removing the "D" mintmark. But if the mintage was so small, why would the dies have been worn out? Walter Breen suggests that a last minute "rush" to strike Cents to fill an existing order resulted in a damaged die being pressed into service after being re-surfaced, thus removing the "D". A more tantalizing theory is suggested by combining facts mentioned by both Breen and Dr. Sol Taylor, author of "The Standard Guide to Lincoln Cents". Breen notes that the last minute rush to strike Cents was also due to the impending start of production of the Peace Dollar, whose production by fiat of the Treasury Department was to be very large and proceed with evident haste. Taylor mentions that one theory advanced to explain the missing "D" is that it had never been punched into the die in the first place. From this, we can suppose that it is possible that a damaged or defective die that had been previously set aside as "unusable", was rushed into service at the last minute to finish up the Cent production at the end of February, which is a matter of record. In the rush to get the last of the smaller coins struck, the die may have made it's way into the press without the Mintmark ever being applied, a case of "I thought that you had done that". This theory bears more credence given that it is likely that the last of the Cent production may have been assigned to novice pressmen, both due to the exigence of the upcoming Dollar production taking precedence, as well as the fact that much experience was lost to all of the Mints due to workers going into into the Army during the First World War. In any case, these exist and have been widely sought after since their discovery. Prohibitively rare in true EF and better, most seem to be found today in Fine to Very Fine. This is a pleasing lower grade example, unusual in being damage free with as much use as it saw. This coin is actually difficult to locate in Good, I think because the overall poor strike made them wear out at the lower end of the scale.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #001408    See Details...
1955 Lincoln Cent, Doubled Obverse Die,
Year: 1955
Condition: PCGS AU-55BN
Description: (SOLD, the listing left posted for the information value) The classic king of the Lincoln Cent die varieties (with apologies to the 1922 No D), one of the handful of U. S. coins that even non-collectors commonly have heard about. The story of their creation and escape from the Philadelphia Mint would take most of a web page to tell. PCGS "Coin Facts" has a good write up on this item I can recommend. Suffice it to say that this coin has been widely sought by almost all Small Cent collectors since it was discovered. This is a nice original Choice AU example, totally problem free, unlike many that suffered at least a light cleaning along the way. Soft "chocolate Brown" surfaces with significant remaining luster - out of an old Oregon collection. PCGS Price Guide value of $1800.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005026    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).
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005307    See Details...
1972 Lincoln Cent, Doubled Die Obverse
Year: 1972
Condition: NGC/CAC MS-65RD
Description: A sharp Gem BU example of this Doubled Die Obverse, just slightly mellowed full orange-red color with excellent surfaces. As this variety was discovered after coins hit circulation, most examples have at least minor issues with fingerprints, spots, stains, etc., or have been cleaned. Not a problem with this coin which was handled with care, and shows the result, as after many years in an old NGC "fatty" (circa 1987-1990) it remains spot free. Certainly worthy of the grade, as the CAC sticker confirms.
Price: $635.00
Item Id #006094    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.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005313    See Details...
2007 Jefferson Presidential Dollar, Missing Edge Lettering
Year: 2007
Condition: PCGS MS-66
Description: SOLD on ebay October, 2014 for $340. One of the scarce to rare "missing edge lettering" Presidential Dollars - as such the Mint that struck these can not be distinguished. A nice bright Gem BU example. The Jefferson coins are scarcer than Washington or Adams, as the Mint was able to improve their Quality Control to avoid this type of error, in large measure.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003917    See Details...