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New to collecting & new to forum. Question regarding 1970-S DDO 1C Lg.date coin that I found.

Hi All,
I wanted to please get some advice regarding the coin in the photo. I can see that this coin is a DDO, but with the scratches, dings, and discoloring, is it still worth getting graded? Will they even grade it? Also, I believe it to be the 1970-S large date, but hoping someone could weigh in and give me their opinion. I appreciate and thank everyone in advance.



  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 3,521 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 28, 2020 8:43PM

    Welcome to the forum & coin collecting! :)

    Looks like you may be off to a very good start!
    That is a rare one if it is what it looks like, better photos are needed.
    It may not grade because of the scratch and we would need to see the reverse but it may be worth it to get it in a "genuine" holder.

    Edited to add: Do not try to clean the coin

  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 3,521 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Let's get your photos up for easier viewing. ;)

  • AveryAvery Posts: 15 ✭✭

    Thank you for fixing my photos! Very sweet. I can take better pictures, and with both sides of course. I did these relatively quickly. I started collecting and reading about coins about a year ago. I found this one in a roll of pennies from the bank about four months into my new found hobby. It's funny, I was so excited to find it and then I wasn't sure what to do next. I was a bit intimidated by some of the coin forums at first, so I didn't ask for any advice until now. I do appreciate yours. I have many, many, many more coins. New, old, mint, BU, error, SMS (maybe) coins in all denominations. Now to figure out what to do with them all? I will get the photos up later tonight. Looking forward to hear what you think. But, I have to run now. Thanks again.

  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 3,521 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Look forward to seeing some of your other errors. ;)

  • AveryAvery Posts: 15 ✭✭

    Here are some better photos.😅

  • silverpopsilverpop Posts: 5,283 ✭✭✭✭✭

    that scratch may be an issue as it is pretty big and noticeable when and if you send it in to be graded

  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 3,521 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 29, 2020 7:28AM

    Much better photos.....thanks! :)

    I think there is a very good chance you will end up with a net grade because of the scratch.

    If it were mine I think I would send it in anyway.
    It might add a little value or make it easier to sell if it is in a "genuine" holder.

    You could also try the BST board here and someone may buy it raw if you are looking to sell. ( For Sale )

    If you are wanting more opinions/options you could post it on the main board where there are more views. ( No Sales Posts )

    I have not sold this variety before so I can't help much with a price but I would think it may fall in the $500-750 range.
    It is a rare enough variety that you should not have a problem finding a buyer. Congrats on your find! :)


  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 3,521 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I know I said it before......but
    Do not try to clean or improve the coin!
    I don't think I would try to have it conserved by a professional either.
    It is best to leave it as is. ;)

  • Thanks for the info silverpop. I think I might try and sell it as is.

  • ifthevamzarockin, thank you, I appreciate all of your advice. And, I definitely will not try to improve the coin. I am going to mull it over for a day and then maybe post it for sale and see what happens. Look forward to hearing from you again. 😁

  • mannie graymannie gray Posts: 6,625 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Avery said:

    Here are some better photos.😅

    What a great find!

  • IkesTIkesT Posts: 580 ✭✭✭✭

    @Avery said:
    I am going to mull it over for a day and then maybe post it for sale and see what happens.

    That's a fantastic find, and what a feather in your cap! This is not a variety you are likely to find again, given the rarity....My advice? Mull it over for longer than a day - really, take your time!

    As predominantly a collector, if I were in your position, I'd keep the coin. If I got, say, $500 from selling, that wouldn't be compensation enough for the enjoyment of having such a rare variety that I picked out of a roll.

    Your priorities may be different - maybe the money would buy you something you like more, or maybe selling varieties appeals to you more than collecting them. Again, no need to rush your decision - you've only got one shot....not too likely that you will have another 1970-S FS-101 DDO that you picked out of a roll for face value... ;)
    I do agree that if you are going to sell it would be wise to get it certified, first!

    Welcome to the forum, and thanks for sharing your finds!

  • JimWJimW Posts: 234 ✭✭✭

    Very cool - best of luck to you whatever you decide to do B)

  • giorgio11giorgio11 Posts: 3,448 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This looks to me to be the FS-101 DDO. Fivaz and Stanton write in the sixth edition, volume II of the Cherrypickers' Guide that "this very strong doubled die is extremely rare. To this point fewer examples are known than the previous listing, the 1969-S. However, this variety has not received the same publicity as the previous, hence the lower values."

    Personally, I would send it in expecting a net grade due to the scratch, but get it certified and authenticated as to the variety. That is also part of what PCGS (or NGC) provides: the stamp of authenticity that I think would add real value here. My 2c.

    Cool find, good luck and kind regards,


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  • AveryAvery Posts: 15 ✭✭

    I wanted to share the results from PCGS on grading my 1970-S DDO.
    Darn scratch, but it is still awesome to me.

    Line Items Cert # PCGS # Description Grade Region TrueView®
    1 1 40890981 37997 1970-S 1C LD DDO FS-101 (029), BN Genuine XF Details (95 - Scratch) USA

  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 3,521 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for posting an update! :)

    Congrats on your rare find! Great job! :)

  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 3,521 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Did you decide if you are going to keep the coin or sell it?

  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 3,521 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Now that it is graded and you have a TrueView you could post it on the main coin board for more responses & congrats. ;)

  • WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 732 ✭✭✭✭

    what a great find
    So how many rolls have you gone thru now in search of the next find?
    I too found the 72 ddo in a roll search a few years back and I am still getting 3-4 full sealed boxes every 5-6 months.
    The hunt will always go on especially with us being quarantined.
    Keep up search

  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 25,253 ✭✭✭✭✭

    the details designation is fair considering the scratch.

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