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Double-Die Buffalo Nickel in Sale
1916 double die obverse buffalo nickelBy Numismatic News
May 25, 2010
1916 double die obverse buffalo nickel

This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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A 1916 doubled-die obverse Buffalo nickel is the headline lot in the Heritage Auction Galleries sale of the Brenda John Collection that is scheduled for June 3-4 in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Expo.

“The 1916 doubled-die obverse has the date boldly doubled, so much so that many early descriptions called it the 1916/1916,” said Greg Rohan, firm president, “but the variety was not discovered until well after its release, and the survival of Mint State coins is a matter of chance.”

This MS-64 example is one of the “best of the best,” Rohan added.

Numismatic Guaranty Corp. certified and graded the rarity.

An overdate 1918/7-D nickel graded MS-65 will also go on the block in the Buffalo section. 

Lincoln cents will be highlighted by a 1944-D Lincoln cent struck in error on a steel planchet. It is graded NGC AU-55. Another error going on the block will be a 1969-S doubled-die obverse cent graded MS-64 Red and Brown by the Professional Coin Grading Service.

Heritage noted that three Morgan dollars that traveled as part of the PCGS Tour almost 20 years ago will be sold.

They are an 1891-O graded MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike by PCGS with CAC sticker, an 1892-O dollar graded MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike by PCGS, and an 1894 dollar graded MS-65 by PCGS with CAC sticker.

From the 18th century comes a 1792 half disme that grades PCGS G-6.

Rohan noted that though it is cataloged as a pattern as Judd-7, “the wear on many pieces like this lot would indicate that they served as money.” 

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On May 26, 2010 Steve said
If the illustration accompanying this article is of the subject coin, it's unclear why NGC graded it MS-64.  Look at the wear and flatness in the details over the entire obverse.  Compare it to this image of a 1916 buffalo:

This CoinFacts one appears to be a PCGS Matte Proof-68 (per the description).  The detail shouldn't differ this dramatically between the two.

I'm saying "substantially overgraded".


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