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Is the closed up capital A a sign of a Double Die?

From what I understand, this feels like it would be a sign. Any wisdom is appreciated


  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,296 ✭✭✭✭✭


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  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,240 ✭✭✭✭✭

    First, the term is Doubled Die.

    Second, DDs aren't just random - if a die is doubled there should be a number of known examples (unless you are searching recent issues and you are the discoverer). You didn't mention the date/mm, which would be important for comparing to photos of known examples.

    I don't know what is going on with your A. In theory it could be a die chip where the center feature chipped off the die, but mire likely the lettering got flattened, or sheared off the coin by friction.

  • jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 30,391 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What @JBK said.

    Doubled dies are not random occurrences in the striking of the coin. They are an error in the preparation of the die itself. As such they are not unique and it is better to start with the known DDs than to hope to find a discovery coin.

    Small features often disappear on specific coins due to die damage, die fill, die polish, etc.

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