So I'm going through my penny jar and stumble upon a 1972 cent. I always look closely at these because of the famous example Doubled Die 1972 worth about $700.00 in MS-65. That is when I saw it a definite doubling.
Now a doubled die or hub doubling occurs when the blank die is being made in a hubbing process. Before 1997 the hub will make several impressions on the die and during one of these impressions it would shift slightly and leave a doubling on the die. This die then gets used to make coins and the image is transferred to each coin. It should be found by mint employees and the batch recycled, but a few escape.
Back to my find I rush to view it under good lights and a higher magnification, at the same time I already started make plans on how I'll sell it and pay bills. To my dismay it wasn't the famous version.
Of course the coin look normal in the pictures above. I got my camera out for the next set of images.
The images were not the best but trust me they are not flat and easily identified as doubled dies.
Here are some scanner images.
You quickly notice three things.
- This is not machine doubling because the secondary impression is not flat.
- There is some verdigris damage.
- This not the famous 1972P-1DO-001 worth hundreds.
Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1972 (1972P-1DO-008)
Mintage: 2,933,255,000 (unknown how many of each type exists)
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Zinc
Value: $0.20 in G-4 (Although this one maybe less.)
I wish I could get better pictures but with my point and shoot camera it is really difficult. Plus adjusting the scanner settings is very laborious.
Do you have a Doubled Die cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.