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Summary List Of Varieties/Errors For Wheat Cents......

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 Posted 10/09/2019  2:45 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Webs to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

1) This may get moved to the Sub-forum, but it seems like most of that forum contains messages from & for those who are hard-core error hounds. They will have much more depth that I have here, I am sure. I am posting this here because a few weeks back I asked for this information and there really were no lists like this provided.

2) The information I have here comes from many sources, including the Kindle version of the latest Cherrypickers Guide, PCGS, and data in bits & pieces from elsewhere online.

3) I did the work in MS Word, saved at a PDF, and converted that to individual JPG files, per page.

4) The layout for all of this is as follows:
...a) Preface (this message)
...b) First reply: Definition of the column headings in the main table pages
...c) Second reply to this message: a few short but important lists found in the "How to Use This Book" section of the Cherrypickers Guide.
...d) How I abbreviate within the data.
...e) Final 3 pages are the listings of the Varieties/Errors from 1909-1958. The original JPG conversions were files 900+ KB in size. I had to reduce that to below 300 KB foe use here. My apologies for any difficulties in reading. I trust that you can capture the JPG & enlarge it elsewhere for printing.

Please do not put any replies in before I post the three data pages. After that, feel free to comment or ask whatever questions you might have. Thanks!

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 Posted 10/09/2019  3:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Webs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Definitions of the column headings in the data
Date/Mint -- Coin Date and Mint Mark, if any.

Variety...As follows:
...DDO -- Double Die Obverse
...DDR -- Double Die Reverse
...OMM -- Over Mint Mark (not the same die, such as D over S or S over D)
...RPM -- Repunched Mint Mark (Same die over original die)
...Size -- Such as Large S or Small D
A few Miscellaneous entries

NOTE: the number after the variety type (e.g. RPM 1) is MY number, NOT a CONECA number of any other source number. Like CONECA numbers, they reset for each new Date/mint combination. I simply am giving each one a consecutive number for that type within that date/mint combination. (For example, the CONECA number might go from DDO 1 to DDO 7, but mine will simply be DDO 1 & DDO 2)

Description: hold all other data in regards to identification

Within DDO or DDR: Tells which places will exhibit the doubled die. Sometimes only part of a feature will exhibit this. If this is the case, the part that does exhibit it will be highlighted in yellow. (For example in 1939, only the 19 will normally be doubled, so the 19 is highlighted. Similarly, only BERTY in LIBERTY will be doubled, so BERTY is highlighted.

Within RPM or OMM: The location of the underlying original mint mark is indicated. {W} means that you will find it to the West of the primary mint mark. {NW & S} means that for a triple-punched mint mark, the underlying marks will be found to the NW and/or the South. (When listed, this same coding applies to where doubling occurs under DDO & DDR.)

Curr FS # -- Current Fivaz-Stanton number for this variety.

Old FS # -- Fivaz-Stanton number for this variety under the old numbering system.

CONECA numbers -- Stands for Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America.

URS -- This Column actually contains three pieces of information for most listings:
...The URS number -- Bowers Universal Rarity Scale
...The Interest Factor (I-1 through I-5)
...The Liquidity Factor (L-5 through L-1)

The definitions of these numbers are listed in the next reply.

RB -- Means that this variety is listed in the Red Book.

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URS -- Bowers Universal Rarity Scale
0 -- none
1 -- 1; unique
2 -- 2
3 -- 3 or 4
4 -- 5-8
5 -- 9-16
6 -- 17-32
7 -- 33-64
8 -- 65-125
9 -- 126-250
10 -- 251-500
11 -- 501-1,000
12 -- 1,001-2,000
13 -- 2,001-4,000
14 -- 4,001-8,000
15 -- 8,001-16,000
16 -- 16,001-32,000
17 -- 32,001-65,000
18 -- 65,001-125,000
19 -- 125,001-250,000
20 -- 250,001-500,000
21 -- 500,001-1,000,000
22 -- 1,000,001-2,000,000
(and up for higher quantities)

(In my table, I add a leading zero for levels 0-9 (00-09).)

I -- Interest Factor
I-5 -- very high interest (most general collectors interested)
I-4 -- high interest (most variety collectors interested)
I-3 -- moderate interest (most series collectors interested)
I-2 -- minimal interest (some collectors interested)
I-1 -- very low interest (only very specialized collectors interested)

L -- Liquidity Factor
L-5 will sell easily, and often above listed value
L-4 will usually sell quickly at listed value (for variety enthusiasts)
L-3 will often sell in a reasonable time period, often to specialists
L-2 might sell in time, maybe at a discounted price
L-1 might sell provided the right buyer is available, but at a discount

Information gathered from: Fivaz, Bill; Stanton, J.T.. Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States coins: 1 (An Official Whitman Guidebook) (Kindle Locations 680-684). Whitman Publishing. Kindle Edition.
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 Posted 10/09/2019  4:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Webs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My abbreviations within the data
There were some abbreviations in Sections 2&3 (above). The remaining abbreviations & conventions are listed here.

Within Date/Mint. PR. This will be in Yellow on a Maroon background and indicates "Proof".

Most abbreviation are within the Description:

S/S = Repunched S (S over S)

S/S/S Means a triple punched S

S/S/S/S means a quadruple-punched S

D/D etc is the same a for the S

D/Horizontal D means that one D was punched 90 degrees
opposed to the original D

Vertical Bar refers to the left edge of a D mint mark in a DDO

CW = Rotated Clockwise

CCW - Rotated Counterclockwise

Motto simply refers to "In God We Trust".

CPG refers to the Cherrypickers Guide.

Under Old FS $ or CONECA:
N/A simply means that there is no number for that column for that variety

I suspect I could have missed something, so feel free to ask. I may or may not have an answer.
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 Posted 10/09/2019  4:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Webs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is the information for the Lincoln Wheat cent varieties. I hope that some of you find all of this helpful!

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 Posted 10/09/2019  11:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Webs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I hope that this is useful in this group. It seems it might be too limited for what everyone is doing here.
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 Posted 10/10/2019  12:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a similar excel format for my collection of varieties. Three one for DDO, DDR and RPMs. They are handy for keeping track of my collections and locations for extras I have. (Even unlisted doubled dies with descriptions of markers.).
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Some have asked about my images I use and I'm glad to say, you can now you can see the DVD in sections on youtube:
1. Intro, older coins, toned coins 2. Doubled dies 3. Die events, One of a kind errors 4. So called errors, Coin information 5. Coin information Types and Varieties, Overlays
Jefferson nickel doubled dies Wexler/Rebar complete listings

trail dies:
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 Posted 10/10/2019  12:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add flag4 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is useful. Thanks for posting.
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 Posted 10/11/2019  08:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Webs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Happy to do it Flag4!

I am still trying to find my depth in the error world. I do not just collect Lincoln cents. I do not just collect pennies. I do not just collect US coins; I collect Canadian coins as well. I do not just collect coins. I collect a few stamps, many comic books. First editions (my best unmarked antique store find was a first edition, first printing (earlier date) of Gone With the Wind (no dust cover). I collect collectible paperweights. Sports memorabilia. I guess you could say that I am a renaissance collector, LOL.

Basically, though, if I was to go to the CopperCoins site and try to identify/collect ALL 3200+ varieties within the Lincoln cents world, I would quickly lose the joy of the search and of coin collecting in general. So I am trying to figure out if I want to limit myself to Fivaz-Stanton-identified coins, or to a certain star rating in CopperCoins, or some other limitation. If I get too bogged down, I cannot get the volume of coins searched I need /for filling & improving my collection.
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Very cool. I love Canadian voyagers as well. Still working on filling my Dansco with some of the varieties.
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 Posted 10/19/2019  2:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Webs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
.....and now I have discovered and CONECA and my jaw drops at the number of varieties there are. I am using a benchmark for me of a $5 value in FINE condition (pennies) for which errors I am going to seriously look for when going through rolls. I mean, when I see almost 100 varieties for 1959-D, then clearly I need to draw a line, unless that is all I am ever going to do in collecting.
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