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 Posted 05/18/2017  11:26 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add numidan to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Class 4 doubling on Obverse of 1968 Canadian Nickel
by D. Lavoie

I was fortunate to buy a lot of un-searched circulated nickels at my last community coin show. Often, after looking at coins for a certain amount of time with my microscope and I’m about to call it quits, I stumble upon a coin that calls for my immediate attention. Well, this was one of those times when I found this beautiful 1968 doubled die obverse.

I verified the web and variety books for any record of a doubled die for a 1968 5 cents. Although inconclusive, it might have been an oversight or falsely identified as doubling due to die deterioration.

The 1968 DDO exhibits a strong Class IV spread offset to the south east on ELIZABETH II, the dots, and the left side of the queen’s neck. Sheriff separations are most noticeable on the letters E and L.

Under light magnification (20x), the doubled die obverse can be recognized by observing the bold effect on the letters A and B but careful examination is required to rule out doubling due to die deterioration which exists for this date. Under heavy magnification (100x), slight doubling can be observed elsewhere on the right side of the obverse especially in the diadem, hair, D.G., and R of REGINA.

After 49 years, either this doubled die is very rare or just went unnoticed but it is one of the best examples I have seen on Queen Elizabeth II 1965-1989 Canadian 5 cents era.






Doubled ELIZABETH II


Normal ELIZABETH II



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 Posted 05/18/2017  11:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add john100 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are few double die collectors, kind of interesting
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 Posted 05/21/2017  02:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Canacoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've posted this before but thought the OP would
like to see it. Tripled 1969.





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05/21/2017 02:02 am
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 Posted 05/21/2017  02:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not 100% convinced these are struck with a doubled die, I don't see enough of a split in any of the lettering, and seems shelf like, MD?
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 Posted 05/21/2017  09:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chadcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is a nice example of a double die 1974 PL 10ct.The E shows the split perfectly.



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 Posted 05/21/2017  10:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numidan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What does "OP" stand for?

For the triple 1969, as Alan indicated, it is doubling caused by a die shift.

I've modified one of you pictures to show you why.

Look at where the red arrow is pointing and notice that the tripling effect is metal pushed into the design, making it thinner. If it would have been a triple die then the edges would have been at the location where I have drawn the red lines.



For the 1974 PL 10c, that is a a perfect example of a double die, thank for sharing.


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 Posted 05/21/2017  10:36 am  Show Profile   Check BigSilver's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BigSilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I believe that OP = original poster.
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