- DVCollectorModeratorApril 7, 2015 at 3:35 pmPost count: 103
Here’s a coin that I spotted on eBay last week, which took some investigative work to correctly attribute. It’s an NGC slabbed coin; the seller’s pics weren’t very good, but I spotted something underneath the last digit in the denticles:
Which had me wondering–was this the MPD-001/S2, a nice variety–which has a “94” poking out of the denticles, as shown below:
The “4” looked to be in the right place, but where was the “9”? Seeing a lone mark isn’t enough for me to bid on a coin. I needed a sure confirmation to make it worth my while…so I went looking for other markers. And I found an unpublished marker on all examples of this variety–there is a small, curved die gouge underneath the chin that does not appear on any other obverse dies for 1894. Below is the gouge pictured on two different MS-grade coins (left), then on the coin I bought (right)–do you see it? It pays to research even “documented” varieties. 🙂
Finally, a blowup of the die gouge underneath the chin on my coin. It may be a small mark, but it’s consistent on every example of this MPD:
There is also a die scratch spanning the TE in STATES on all examples, including my coin (pictured below):
And sure enough, when it arrived both MPDs were visible. The pics below are shot through an NGC slab graded EF40 (I give it a VF30). It’s an MPD I’ve been looking for–I’m happy to pick this up (without other bidders) for just $35 shipped. 😀
Primary markers under the date area–I could get a better pic if it weren’t for the slab:
The whole obverse. NGC gave this an EF40; my grade is VF30. A nice, even brown without problems.RussKeymasterApril 9, 2015 at 8:45 pmPost count: 124
Great shots and what an analysis! Those die lines are really popping there! I’d agree with you on the grade – NGC is a stinker! The oddity under the chin is similar to the Whiskers variety. Under the chin and the ‘goatee’ area are prominent places for die failure – along with the 8th and 9th feather tip chips.
Collecting Flying Eagle and Indian Head pennies never made more cents!RussKeymasterMay 2, 2015 at 6:57 pmPost count: 124
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