The Joy of Varieties with a focus on lesser known minor varieties
Variety coins are my passion in this hobby.
Varieties is in reference to Die Varieties such as doubled dies, RPM re-punched mint mark, OMM over mint mark, as well as die design varieties like the re-engraved proof dies found in a few denominations from the 1930s-1950s.
Most “minor varieties” can be found for normal coin prices and occasionally some of these varieties are added to the Cherry Pickers Guide. This is where I have a lot of fun in the hobby as a cherry picker.
I will post mostly minor varieties in this thread with photos. If you want additional information or diagnostics/die markers let me know.
I will start with Nickels in 38 and 39
1938 Proof RED 005
This one has lettering details enhance in a different way than the FS401 or 403. The 005 has a curved detail in the lower B of Liberty
http://varietyvista.com/04a JN DD Vol 1/DDO Detail Pages/1938PRED005.htm
1938-D DDO-001, 1-O-V-CW
I call this one the Slasher or Slash R for the die gouge through liberty.
http://varietyvista.com/04a JN DD Vol 1/DDO Detail Pages/1938DDDO001.htm
1939 DDR-003, 3-R-VI
Info from Variety Vista http://varietyvista.com/04a JN DD Vol 1/DDR Detail Pages/1939PDDR003.htm
1939 proof nickels have a few different re-engraved ribbon details. There are at least 5 distinctly different RED details although only two are listed currently on VV http://varietyvista.com/04a JN DD Vol 1/REDs 1939.htm
There are at least two different REDs for 1939 proofs with reverse of 1940. Unfortunately I only have one for photos.
To be continued
Thank you for reading.