I am just getting back into coin collecting after almost completely being dormant for 40 years. There are now so many more double dies and other error/variety coins than I ever saw before. And along with that are the designations for those coins in PCGS
. Let me give you one example, and then perhaps you can explain this to me.
I am getting complete lists of each denomination in Excel. Then I am creating binders with 30 2x2 slots per page. I am putting most coins in cardboard/mylar 2x2's and inserting them in the sheets. I am mapping out each sheet so that I have open slots for the ones I don't have. I am including open slots for many of these error coins as well. Once in a slot, I do not want to have to remove a coin unless it is to be replaced with a higher-quality coin, and I never want to have to shift everything to insert a coin that should have been on my list. To do that, I need an accurate list.
Let's take the 1984 Lincoln cent, no MM. Skip the regular strike, no errors. I find the following:
FS-102 (FS-038) and
1984 Doubled Die Obverse
When I look at the pictures in PCGS
, I can see doubling in several places, especially on the 4 for the first one. But the second one appears to be limited to doubling on the beard and ear (arrows pointing to those in their pictures). So, first.....are there actually two completely different errors here?
Secondly, I can deduce that DDO
is Double Die Obverse. But I have no idea what either FS-102 or FS-038 refer to. I did a search and found FS-102 also referenced a number of different years, so I have to assume there is some list of standard errors, and perhaps the second FS number is a unique identifier for this specific coin within the umbrella of the error code (first number)? Am I anywhere near correct?