​​
Blog Feed

The Finest Known 1917 Doubled Die Obverse Cent to be featured in our Spring 2019 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Author: James McCartney / Thursday, January 31, 2019 / Categories: United States Coin of the Week

Lincoln cents are among the most intensely studied and collected series in all of United States numismatics. The wealth of varieties makes it very interesting, as well, and considerable enjoyment can be had without investing more than face value. However, as a variety becomes more dramatic it also increases in desirability, eventually gaining fame among non-cent specialists as has the 1955 Doubled Die Obverse.

Among these iconic Lincoln cent varieties is the 1917 Doubled Die Obverse, FS-101.  It has one of the most pronounced Doubled Die Obverses in the entire series, with sharp doubling to the digits in the date and the letters GOD WE TRUST in the motto. Writing in the 2009 edition of the Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton describe the 1917 FS-101 DDO as, "arguably the most sought after of the early Lincoln cent varieties." The high regard in which this variety is held among specialists is universal, with David W. Lange (The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents, 1996), writing:

"A distinct, doubled-die obverse is known for [the 1917] and has become extremely popular with specialists. Uncirculated examples remain quite rare. This variety is illustrated in A Guide Book of United States Coins (the Red Book), also in Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins and The Lincoln Cent Doubled-Die, by John A. Wexler. This assures that it will always be in demand and will command a premium price when properly attributed."

We are proud to be offering the sole finest example of this prized variety in our upcoming Spring 2019 Baltimore Auction. Certified MS-67+ RD (PCGS), it is essentially pristine. Soft pastel powder blue and pink frame the tangerine color seen at the center of each side. The well-struck devices stand out from smooth, matte-like fields that are blanketed by satiny luster. It is beautiful and technically exceptional.

As the single finest example of this variety known to collectors, this coin will be especially desirable to those competing for top ranking on the PCGS Set Registry. It simply cannot be improved upon.

This magnificent Superb Gem will be featured in lot 1027 of the Rarities Night session of our Spring 2019 Baltimore Auction. The sale is now available for viewing and bidding on our website www.StacksBowers.com, or you may contact our offices to secure a printed catalog. To speak with a numismatic representative, please call 800-458-4646 or email Info@StacksBowers.com. Also, download our mobile app to view and participate in our auctions via your Android or Apple device.

​​