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Matte Unc 2005-P Ocean In
Doubled Die Obverse Found!
December 21, 2005
by Ken Potter - NLG
Coin Courtesy of Steve
All Images ©Ken Potter 2005/Coin Courtesy of Steve
Here is a look at the actual coin submitted by Steve
In contrast to the
Doubled Die Obverse #1, which we reported upon earlier, this one displays
its strongest doubling on ERTY of LIBERTY and RUST of TRUST this new variety
displays its strongest doubling on GOD and is perhaps a bit stronger doubling on
IN and WE than on the Bison variety. The
huge split upper serif and strong separation line along the upper half of the
length of the J of Joe Fitzgerald’s stylized designer initials JF on the Bison
variety is absent on the Ocean In View variety. (The JF is found on the left
side of the bust of Jefferson). The
same is true of the P Mint mark with doubling very evident on the Bison variety
but absent on the Ocean In View variety. The
doubling of RUST of TRUST is also significantly lighter on the new Ocean In View
doubled die than on the Bison variety though the diagnostic split serifs or
notching on the lower right leg of the R and lower serif of the U of TRUST are
still evident to a lesser degree. Doubling
of the ERT of LIBERTY that is the strongest area of doubling on the Bison
variety is minimal on the Ocean In View variety though the same areas are
doubled with the underlying image to the east showing best on the upper portion
of the vertical of the T and right side of its crossbar. Faint doubling is also
seen on the east side of the lower loops of the R and T.
Doubling can be seen on the date where it is best on 200 at about the
same stature as on the Bison variety. Overall,
the Bison variety is the stronger of the two varieties with the Ocean In View
nickel's only area of significantly greater strength restricted to the word GOD.
Nonetheless it appears to be new variety and the first one reported for
The huge split upper serif and
strong separation line along the upper half of the length of the J of Joe
Fitzgerald’s stylized designer initials JF on the DDO#1 Bison variety is
absent on the Ocean In View variety. The same is true of the P Mint mark
with doubling very evident on the Bison variety but absent on the Ocean In View
variety. Compare the images of what you see here to those of the DDO#1
Bison Variety here: DDO#1
Strike doubling was present on several of the specimens
examined on the word AMERICA
This is NOT a doubled die and should not be confused as such!
So far at appears that at least a few different 2005-P Doubled Die Bison
and Ocean In View five-cent pieces were found in
the United States Mint Westward Journey Nickel Series™ Sets like the one show above sent in by Lonnie
Helton. We will report upon them more as they come in.
News that a doubled die variety was found on a
Philadelphia obverse paired with an Ocean In View reverse was first publicized
by eBay auctioneer, Steve Santangelo of Cameo-Coin-Company, in his eBay Item#
8364822835. In an email
correspondence he said: “I ordered 40 of the Westward Journey Nickel sets in
September and received them on September 30, 2005. After [reading] your article
in Coin World and the auctions listed on eBay I started going though my sets and
found 13 Bison doubled die obverses and 10 Ocean View doubled die obverses in
the same sets. I ordered 25 more
sets on December 7th and received them on the 12th.
I found seven more of the Ocean View and none of the Bison nickels.
The 2005 Westward Journey Nickel Series Coin Sets became available to
collectors on September 21 and were discontinued as a current offering after
December 25, 2005. According to the Mint's website: "The United States Mint will discontinue sales of products containing 2004 and 2005 nickels on December 25, 2005. The law that authorized changes in the nickel's design during 2004 and 2005 specifies that the reverse of any nickel issued after December 31, 2005, shall bear an image of Monticello. Legislation is currently pending in Congress that, if enacted, would allow the United States Mint to resume selling any remaining inventory of 2004 and 2005 nickels as part of numismatic sets. If any of these bills become law, the United States Mint may sell remaining stock again in the future."
information on these sets can be found on the Mint’s website at:
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 January 9, 2006 issue of Coin World
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