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Lot 1133

1969-S. Doubled Die Obverse. PCGS graded MS-62 Red & Brown. Listed in the Red Book and in high demand. There are a number of significant Doubled Die Obverse varieties in the Lincoln Cent series--the most well-known issue being, of course, the heralded 1955-dated production. Specialists are certainly aware, however, that major doubling also occurred on the 1917-P, 1936-P, 1943-D, 1958-P, 1969-S and the 1972-P. Of these, the 1972 D.D.O. is quickly becoming one of the most popular errors, yet Lange (2005) writes that "this variety [the 1969-S D.D.O.] is as impressive as the more widely heralded 1972 Doubled Die. Dual impressions are clearly visible in the date and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Quite rare, no more than 15-20 examples have turned up, this despite the thorough searching of all variety enthusiasts. Given such a small survival rate, it's doubtful that more than 100 could have been released, if even that many. Thus this is a piece that is not only rare from an absolute standpoint, but from a condition standpoint as well.

Indeed designated RB by PCGS, both sides sport this patina in a well blended fashion. Were it not for a small mark in the field to the right of the portrait, we could see this assigned to a higher grade. The luster is bold and while not flashy is all the same complete and shimmering, with softly textured mint frost offering plenty of eye-appeal. Surface abrasions outside of the aforementioned mark, are minimal given the MS62 numeric designation. We note a few on Lincolns coat and shoulder with tinier ones scattered in the fields. The striking definition is crisp overall. The doubling is plainly apparent to the unaided eye, and thus we suspect this coin destined for an advanced collection of the series. Pop 2; 2 finer in 64RB (PCGS # 2922) .
Estimated Value $40,000 - 50,000.

Realized $41,400

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