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1997 Doubled Die Cent
"Doubled Ear"
Brilliant Uncirculated

Photos depict the double ear variety with and without highlights of the areas of doubling
Photos Ken Potter 1998

    This is the exciting Doubled Die Obverse often nicknamed the "Doubled Ear" variety! It displays strong doubling of Lincoln’s earlobe while additional doubling shows on details inside the ear, lock of hair in front of upper ear and throughout other areas of the hair (the 15 areas of doubling are highlighted in red in the upper photo below while the photo below that is of the same variety without the highlight).
    It is listed by CONECA as DDO-001, by John Wexler as WDDO-001 in our Variety Coin Register as VCR#1/DDO#1 and in the Cherrypickers' Guide To Rare Die Varieties as FS#1c-043.
    The cause is most likely due to a tilted die blank seating itself into proper position during the hubbing process -- a condition that has been confirmed as occurring by Mint workers with hands-on experience at both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.  One Mint worker described the action of a tilted die seating itself properly during a hubbing as having a distinctive "clunking sound" -- a familiar ring to anybody who has spent considerable time operating  presses set up for stamping operations where the work-piece may be loaded off-location but forced into position by the upper die during a cycle (a sound this author has heard hundreds of times during his stint as a press operator). 

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