The S/S is a south. Note the bottom loop on the lower loop and on the upper loop on the center. There were two different mintmark punch locations for that die. On your coin, there is Machine Doubling
present on the date in the same direction. So the machine caused the affected are on both the date and the mintmark. On a RPM, the punching only affects the mintmark area. Most of the time you see Machine Doubling
affecting the date and mintmark in the same directions.
On this coin, you can see the metal striation lines on the affected Machine Doubling
on both the date and the mintmark.
The punching of the mintmark area is a separate step on the pre-1990 coins. So if the Machine Doubling
on the date and mintmark are in the same direction it is Machine Doubling
. This also applies to doubled dies as well:
Note the date is showing a DDO
, but the mintmark is showing Machine Doubling
with only the date showing a DDO
, and the mintmark only showing Machine Doubling
. (the mintmark is not affected by the variety, but by the Machine Doubling
: If I see Machine Doubling on the date and the mint mark, what does that mean? it was caused by the machine.