Educational Series ...
Matte Unc 2005-P Bison Five-Cents
Doubled Die Obverse Found!
October 19, 2005
(Edited to add new information on
by Ken Potter - NLG
Coin Courtesy of Lonnie
the follow up to this story here
The 2005-P Doubled Die Bison five-cent pieces were found in
the United States Mint Westward
Journey Nickel Series™ Sets like the one show above sent in by Lonnie
All Images ©Ken Potter 2005
Here is a look at the actual coin submitted by Lonnie
Collectors who believed
that the Mint stopped making doubled dies in the late 1990s are in for an eye-opener!
Long-time collector, Lonnie Helton of Ohio found a new doubled die obverse
variety when he opened his 2005 Westward Journey Nickel Series Coin Sets on the
day they arrived! He
ordered three sets in the last week of September and received them on October
11th; all contained the doubled die on the Philadelphia issue Bison coin. This is an error type that the Philadelphia Mint has
repeatedly denied can be made with the current single-squeeze hubbing presses in
use there since the late 1990s.
The variety displays its doubling best on ERTY of LIBERTY and RUST of
TRUST with prominent split serifs on the RU of TRUST.
A strong separation line along the upper half of its length and a huge
split upper serif can be seen on the J of Joe Fitzgerald’s stylized designer
initials JF found on the left side of the bust of Jefferson.
Significant doubling can also be seen on the date where it is best on 200
and on the P Mint mark. Light
doubling is present on portions of IN GOD WE and the 5 of date. Helton’s find
appears to exhibit at least two letters (the UR of TRUST) with split serifs that
are more distinct than on any of the other recent doubled dies.
The split serifs on this coin of are a more classic appearance like many
created during the era of the multiple hubbing process.
So far all researchers who have commented on it believe it is probably of the
Class-VIII Tilted Hub type of hub doubled die.
Helton has collected coins
for 37 years since he was 11 years old. For
about the past decade he has specialized in doubled dies on Jefferson five cent
pieces and Roosevelt dimes as well as varieties (VAMS) on the Peace dollar
The 2005 Westward Journey Nickel Series Coin Sets became available to
collectors on September 21 and continue to be a current offering at the time of
this writing for $12.95 a set. More
information on these sets can be found on the Mint’s website at:
where they may be ordered.
Potter is the official attributer of world doubled dies for the Combined
Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America and for the National
Collectors Association of Die Doubling. He also privately lists other
collectable variety types on both U.S. and world coins in the Variety Coin
Register. More information on either of the clubs or how to get a coin listed in
the Variety Coin Register may be obtained by sending a long self addressed
envelope with 60c postage to P.O. Box 760232, Lathrup Village, MI 48076 or by
contacting him via email at KPotter256@aol.com. An educational image gallery may
be viewed on his website at www.koinpro.com
A More Detailed Report On This Coin Can Be Found In The
November 7, 2005 issue of Coin World
(Page 3) Where News Of The Find Was First Broke
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