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17 Aug 2019

2009 Doubled Dies

Coins-United States | JudeA

In 2009, the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln, the United States Mint decided it was time for change. A change of the reverse of the Lincoln cent, which for 50 years had borne the Lincoln Memorial Reverse, to celebrate this historic date. The Mint would select 4 designs for the new reverses, the designs chosen are as follows. Birth and Early Childhood, which shows Lincoln's log cabin as a child. Formative years, which shows Lincoln as a young adult taking a break from rail splitting to read a book. Professional Life, which shows Lincoln beginning his political journey in front of the Illinois State Capitol. And Presidency, which shows the unfinished US Capitol. The first design was released on Feb. 12, 2009, and the last one was released Nov. 12, 2009. The cents were popular, and many are in mint state. The US Mint released a Mint Set with only Proof versions of these, priced at $7.95 on Aug. 26, 2009. Lots of attentions were paid to these when doubled dies of these emerged. There are DDR's for every reverse, most for the formative years reverse. The DDR's are mostly between the thumb and index finger on Lincoln's left hand. Most are cheap, ranging to $5 to $20, depending on condition. NGC and PCGS will certify these, but NGC has stated that they, "Do not believe these are doubled dies at all, they must be something else." Despite this statement, most third party grading services will certify these. If you want to certify one of these, send it to a grading service under, "Varieties" Make sure to include the FS or CONECA number for your coin. Unfortunately, you can not find these at most coin shops. Of all the coin shops I have been to, not one has had one of these in their inventory. If you want to collect these, your best bet is eBay, there are many listings for DDR's on eBay, most ranging from $3 to $15 dollars. As always, be careful who you buy from. I recommend buying from a seller with most positive reviews, and more than 50 sales. Another option is roll searching, you can go to your local bank, buy say... $10 worth of pennys, cherry pick through them and keep the worthy ones. This is one of my favorite things to do, as you get the pennies for face value and, if you find something, you might end up with more money than you started with. I have cherry picked a 1955 poor man's doubled die and countless wheat cents this way. You can also buy rolls of just bicentennials and pick through them, although the rolls won't be sold at face value, as they will in a bank. I currently own two of these, a FS 804, and an FS 802. Both were bought off of eBay for less than $10. I love hunting for cent varieties, and, as i continue my search, I hope I will have the pleasure of finding one of these DDR's in circulation. Thank you for reading this, and happy hunting!

Comments

xaviera

Level 4

cool

Kepi

Level 6

Double Dies are the best! Good luck in your roll searching! : )

Longstrider

Level 6

Very nice photo. I enjoy the hunt. I don't want to just buy them. Most aren't worth the price of sending them in. I like ANACS for varieties. I'm hooked on VAMs and they do many more of them than the other two guys. Good luck..

My best find via 'rolls'(our bank didn't have rolls, but still exchanged these) is a 1979-P "Wide Rim" Susan B. Anthony. I will be on the lookout for the 2009 DDR! Thanks.

coinsbygary

Level 5

Happy hunting! I enjoy the hunt as much, if not better than finding the coin. I always inspect my change. Over the years I have been fortunate to find a number of scarce coins. With Lincolns its almost always wheat cents.

"SUN"

Level 6

Good luck is searching for double dies!!!!

Mike

Level 7

That's much better!! Enjoy your coin rolling. But the cherry pickers guide. Volume one goes from here to nickels . Volume two goes from dimes up. They point out every DD and give you the price. That's everything you need.Pictures are great. NGC has graded them your can buy the 2009 proof.set. There in there. Most places still carry them.

It's Mokie

Level 6

I love all the designs for the 09 Cents, they have always seemed to be rare in circulation. I am assuming, they have been snatched and put away by the public, much like they did with the Bicentennial Quarter. I have never though much about the DDRs in the 09 series but maybe I should?

JudeA

Level 4

You should! They are really cool, if you roll search, you can find these and sell them for a profit!

Longstrider

Level 6

Welcome to the ANA. I've been coin roll searching for one of these. Nothing yet. never give up. Thanks.

Mike

Level 7

Longstrider you need a couple of rolls. They sell them like that and in the 2009 proof set. Most magazines still carry t hem and don't forget the dealer will tell you they haven't been searched.haha.

JudeA

Level 4

Don't give up! I haven't found any from roll searching but i own some.

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