Thursday, August 02, 2012

1972 Cent, Machine Doubling

Have an error coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment

Strike doubling, mechanical doubling, or machine doubling are just a few names for a coin that gets slightly shifted when being struck leaving what looks like an image doubling. Either the coin shifts or the die bounces and strikes the coin two or more times.

The flatter secondary image is often at a lower level. Were it true doubling the secondary image would be at the same height and have the same curvature. It takes a while to tell the difference but once you see a real Doubled Die you know.


Know this, I generally take a quick glance at my change for doubling. The 1972 cent is one of the exceptions where I do more than glance at I check every angle in good light. This year having a famous variety makes me always look carefully. I have found a more common 1972 Doubled Die before but this one I just found is not true doubling.

Machine doubling is a type of error that can be found on every coin. They rarely have extra value and although I have seen some being sold this is not done by professional collectors.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1972
Mintage: 2,933,255,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Zinc
Value: $0.02 in G-4 (Although this one maybe less.)

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.

13 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Pockets O'Change said...

Where in the world do you find these beauties!? I've never found any machine doubled coins yet... you're pretty lucky! But I did find a 41' P Mercury Dime in VF/XF condition yesterday. I'll post it on Friday! Nice coin!

Man said...

Where in the world do you find these beauties!? I've never found any machine doubled coins yet... you're pretty lucky!
--I find them all the time, I find them so often I don't post about them. The only reason I did this is it was a 1972.

But I did find a 41' P Mercury Dime in VF/XF condition yesterday.
--Now that is great, finding silver is always great at any grade.

Dr. Math said...

You find these coins so often you don't post about them?! I've only found 2 of them as far as I know. I'd say you're pretty lucky as well.

Man said...

I'd say you're pretty lucky as well.

Well they have no extra value and collectors do not sell or trade these.

It is like Die Cracks or Die Breaks I also find them often but they are not unique enough to feature.

Dr. Math said...

Scratch that 2 I remembered I have a third one. I see your point I've found numerous State Quarters that had die cracks on Washington's neck. They're still neat finds, though.

baselle said...

Found 2 silver dimes within 1 wk of each other. I find a lot of coins like this at the Coinstar machine when the user walks away and doesn't collect the coins that fail and land in the cup. Sometimes they bounce and land on the floor nearby. I now have 7 silver dimes.

Man said...

...I find a lot of coins like this at the Coinstar machine when the user walks away...

That is great, all the Coinstar machines around me are far and I almost never get to check them.

Anna said...

My husband is an out of pocket collector and I am sure he has double die coins in his vast collection. I must tell him about this blog when he gets back. This is incredible!

Man said...

My husband is an out of pocket collector and I am sure he has double die coins in his vast collection.

Thanks for the kind words, most Doubled Dies are not worth much but still nice to find.

And supporting his hobby is always good.

TheUnwantedSaved said...

I found a west virginia 2005-d with a cud on the left side of new river gorge. Is it rare

Man said...

west virginia 2005-d with a cud on the left side of new river gorge. Is it rare

Not rare.
Cuds that cover part of the design add about $5.00 in value but that depends a lot eye appeal.

Dingani Ngwenya said...

I have a 1958 half penny with a hole, 1975 Half cent, 1972 2x1 cent.


I would like to know much they are worth?

Man said...

1958 half penny with a hole, 1975 Half cent, 1972 2x1 cent.

What country?