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    1969-S Doubled Die Obverse Cent
    Key to the Memorial Series, MS63 Red
    Lustrous Copper-Orange Example

    1969-S 1C Doubled Die Obverse, FS-101, MS63 Red PCGS. CAC. All other Lincoln cent varieties pale in comparison to the 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse. It is far, far rarer than the 1955 Doubled Die and the 1960 Small Date cents, and with true Red color as here, it is an even more remarkable rarity. For example, PCGS has seen 70 submissions of the 1955 Doubled Die in MS63 Red, with 196 pieces finer, while this 1969-S is tied with just two other pieces in MS63 Red. There are three Red submissions finer -- two MS64 and one in MS66 (11/19).

    This piece features delicate copper-gold color with slight cloudiness over the upper obverse. On the reverse, a scattering of minor carbon spots culminates in two larger areas, below the right side of the steps and between the third and fourth columns in the Memorial. The strike is well-defined and the doubling obvious, especially on the base of the L in LIBERTY and nearby letters, where it is visible to the unaided eye. For the many collectors of Lincoln cents, this is an opportunity unlikely to repeat itself anytime soon.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 37996, Base PCGS# 2923)

    Weight: 3.11 grams

    Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Zinc

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    January, 2020
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