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1984 Doubled Die Obverse
"Double Ear"
by Ken Potter
Copyright 2004
Coin Courtesy Of Mark Longas

Photo Ken Potter 1995 / May not be used without the express written permission of the copyright holder

Listing Numbers:  Potter: VCR#1/DDO#1, CONECA: DDO-001, Wexler: WDDO-001, Cherrypickers' Guide: FS#1c-037, Breen# 2314.

Description:  Extremely strong doubling most easily seen on Lincoln's earlobe south of the primary ear.  Doubling is also found on the beard, bow tie and collar.  While often missed in the descriptions of many researchers, the widest doubling on this coin is actually not on the ear at all but on the bow tie.  The tip of a secondary image of the bow tie, from the right side of the bow tie (viewer's left), is totally separated and protruding out from under a fold in the lapel of Lincoln's jacket, SW of the normal bow tie.  It is but a shadow in the image shown here.
This variety is listed in A Guide Book Of United States Coins by R. S. Yeoman where it has been erroneously illustrated by the wrong photo; that of a 1997 Doubled Die variety (which also has doubled ear) --  for at least one or two years. 

Other Comments:  This coin shows a perfect example of what plating blisters (or pimples) look like on a modern copper plated zinc cent.

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