1916 5C Doubled Die Obverse MS (PCGS# 3931)
The March 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 4048
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One of the most desired of famed "Doubled Dies" and sought after for decades by collectors hoping to find one of these prized rarities. The doubling is significant in displacement with the date showing this feature the best, along with the Chief's feathers and profile. No specks or spots distract from the surfaces, and the color is classic nickel-gray throughout. Surface quality is pleasing as well. In terms of rarity, this particular issue if formidable, with the PCGS <em>Population Report</em> noting a mere 148 pieces seen across the grading spectrum of this variety. This tiny number compares quite favorably with most of the other important and popular die varieties of the 20th Century.