The base of the 9 correlates closely with the picture on page 287 of the variety guide. The inner portion of the 9, however, shows the same doubling. What are your thoughts? I have put plenty of pictures , of the full size coin as well as close ups of the 9. Thanks for any help you can provide.
Thanks for the thoughts. I already know this is not the exact same coin as on page 287, but merely pointing out the similarity of the doubling. My question is whether or not this qualifies as doubling, or is it merely die movement, etc.?
It's hard to find a '59 WITHOUT some doubling in the date. The coins were struck using the matrix's from the 1858's to make the dies. The dies came out with just the 185 numerals there and the 9's were all hand-punched into the die. Since it took two 2-4 whacks with the hammer and punch to finish any of the dies to the depth needed and they were not done singly all the way through; the guy doing the work had a hard time making each whack on top of the partially done one. My understanding is that before each whack, the planchet was softened(annealed) and the punch hardened(chilled) to get the impression as as deep as possible. So, yes, your coin is doubled, but then so were the 9 million+ others somewhere. The doublings with the most offset are usually worth a premium, and those with the most value had the fewest number of coins struck before the die broke or cracked too bad.
Thanks Okiecoiner. I thought pretty much the same thing. I was struck by the fact that this is a nice BU coin, and I have not ever seen one of my BU's with the doubling, and it seems pretty clear, so I'll consider this a win. Thanks again.