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1973 s penny D D? rare?
1973 s penny D D? rare  
Yes, I am very new at this. Not saving my coins but researching them. Someone just told me that my 1973 S penny was rare? and double D something? I want to learn as much as I can. and am tired of people treating me like if I was a dumb blond. Please help me learn as much as I can. I want to prove them wrong.

Hi Tiffany,

My best guess is that they were referring to "Doubled Die".  That is where one of the dies used to stamp the coin gets made wrong -- something gets shifted in the process of making the die -- and the figures or lettering will have two sets of images on it.  So any coin struck with this die will also have the same doubled images.

These can be very valuable, however, I was unable to find any examples of this having happened to any 1973-S pennies.  So most likely, if your coin has doubling, it is not die doubling, but rather some other form of strike doubling, that is infinitely more common, and has very little value.

There is an article on the internet about the different forms of doubling here :

I would also suggest you visit a library in your area to see what kind of coin-related books they have to offer.

I hope this helps,


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