Author Archives: Ken Potter

Rare cent count reaches three

Of all the errors and varieties I featured last year, arguably the most important, at least in terms of rarity and value, was a second known specimen of the elusive 1992 Philadelphia-Mint Lincoln cent struck with a “Close AM” design style reverse. Continue reading

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Odd type of error appears on edge

Gary Kelly of Michigan has come up with 2008-D Martin Van Buren Presidential dollar with a pretty rare error type known as the Dropped Letter or Dropped Design. Continue reading

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Alaska quarter die flow lines dramatic

A.G. Meredith of North Carolina sent in a 2008-P Alaska state quarter with a rather prominent example of an otherwise common effect seen on a large percentage of coins struck at the United States. Continue reading

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Problems on edge damage or errors?

Garrett Reich of Michigan sent in several 2009-P William Henry Harrison Presidential dollars exhibiting what I call Shifted Edge Lettering. Continue reading

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No longer unique: Second Close AM 1992 cent found

A second known specimen of the elusive 1992 Philadelphia minted Lincoln cent struck with a “Close AM” (of AMERICA) design style reverse has been reported. Continue reading

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Professional Life cents show flaws

After a major lapse in time, I am again getting reports on major die crack varieties found on proof coins. The latest two are both on the Professional Life Lincoln cent reverse and were found in August. Continue reading

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Four more doubled cents identified

Collectors have continued to find more Formative Years doubled-die varieties to a point that variety coin attributers are approaching or are have exceeded as many as 60 listings for the reverse alone.
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Puerto Rican quarter die break not a cloud

Jim Dawson of Florida sent in a 2009-P Puerto Rico quarter that shows multiple die chips and die breaks on the reverse.  Continue reading

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First doubled-die Guam quarter ID

Floyd Howze of North Carolina sent in the first report to Numismatic News of a 2009-P Guam Territorial quarter with an obverse doubled die. Continue reading

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More than 300 cents show large die crack

Richard Giedroyc sent in photos to Numismatic News of a 2009 Formative Years (Rail Splitter) Lincoln cent that shows a rather pronounced die crack that extends from Lincoln’s left boot through the second “U” in PLURIBUS at 6 o’clock on the reverse. Continue reading

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