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by James Wiles, Ph.D.
elcome to the third
generation of Variety Vista.
The look and feel remain the same, but the
content has been updated. It still
features all the die variety categories
including design varieties, mintmark styles, and
the ever popular doubled die, and repunched
mintmark varieties. The site
is also home to the CONECA Master Listing of
Die Varieties (CML), which places all your
variety information in one convenient
Now for the first time we are offering
free online access to a few of our
smaller E-Books. Click on the colored
buttons to the right.
Major Mercury Dime DDO Discovered
After almost 100 years of circulation, an Obverse doubled die has been reported on the 1919 dime. The doubled die was reported by Jeffrey Sam. It has made its way around the die variety attributers and is now listed in all their files. CONECA lists it as DDO-001, 1-O-IV+VIII. It will even have a CPG listing! How this DDO has missed being reported before now has perplexed everyone who has seen it. At this time only 2 have been reported. Will yours be the third? You can see the full entry here or view it in the Mercury Dime E-Book. Just click on the colored button in the right hand column.
Strongest States Quarter DDO Reported
A recent attribution package from ANACS revealed a 1999-S PA States Quarter with the strongest spread DDO of any States Quarter known. The doubling is a class IV, offset toward the East with a tilt, resulting the strong spread on the Left side of the Obverse fading out by the time it reaches the middle of the design. You can see additional photos here. By the way it is on a clad proof planchet.
Is Available for Immediate Delivery
March 15, 2014 – Have you been waiting for a complete update to The Lincoln Cent RPM Book? Wait no longer. Volume 2 of the Third Edition is now released in E-Book format, completing The Lincoln Cent RPM E-Book set. While Volume 1 focused on Wheat Cent RPMs, Volume 2 focuses on Memorial Cent RPMs. Together, these two volumes take Lincoln Cent RPM collecting to an all new level.
In The Lincoln Cent RPM Book Volume 2: 1959-1989, you will find photos of all the die markers for a given variety. And not just the die markers for one stage, but for every stage, with only a few exceptions. Ninety-eight percent of all the Memorial Cent RPM photos have been retaken using high quality, high magnification, full color, digital images. That is 5200+ images, all at your fingertips.
Variety Vista E-Books are bigger, better, and easier to use than traditional print books. And these RPM E-Books will make attributing your RPM collection an incredible joy. Volume 2 contains all 481 Memorial Cent RPMs listed in the CONECA files and it includes the latest population and pricing guide as well. It's my first choice when attributing Memorial Cent RPMs and I bet it will be yours too!
The Lincoln Cent RPM Book, Vol. 2 (1959-1989) is available for immediate delivery. And best of all, it's just $30 + $4 shipping and handling. At that price, why not buy two – one for you and one for a friend?
Check out The Book Store for additional savings.
Detailed Study of the 1914/3 Buffalo Underway
Several Researches are attempting to resolve the decade old controversy surrounding the 1914/3 Buffalo Nickel. Is it a legitimate overdate? Or is it damage to a working hub? We are in need of MS specimens to photograph, particularly of the 2 dies which show what appears to be the bar of the 3 through the upper 4 of the date. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. You can find information on this current study here and here.
DDR for the American Gold Eagle
First announced to the world in Aug. 1987 by the ANA Certification Service, this specimen is the first listed in the CONECA files and comes courtesy of Sabrina Rachal. Her 1986 1oz Gold Eagle exhibits a strong spread toward the center of the coin on just about all of the Left side of the coin, especially E PLURIBUS UNUM. You can see additional photos here.
Lincoln Cents Still Needed for Better Photos
have compiled a
of Lincoln Cent RPMs I would like to re-photograph.
Please check the list and if you can help, send
me an email. You will have my appreciation
and I am sure that of all Lincoln Cent collectors.
Additionally, here is a list of the Lincoln Cent
Doubled Dies I would like to re-photograph.
Doubled Die Numbering System Uncoded!
After numerous requests to explain what the CONECA doubled die numbering system means, I have prepared a page describing each element. Please take a moment to read through it and offer any suggestions for how it can be explained in simpler terms or ask any further questions you may have. You can get to it through the Doubled Dies page or by clicking here.
You can email me at email@example.com.
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