The 1969-S Doubled Die Lincoln Cent (Buy on eBay) is a doubled die variety that is rare and valuable in any grade. Major doubling is apparent on the obverse, visible throughout the lettering as well as on the date.
Even though this coin is much more valuable than the 1995 Doubled Die, the 1969-S is less well-known due to its immense rarity and infrequent availability. It appears that the mistake was discovered very early in the production process and only a small number of coins were struck before the die was removed from service. It is believed that fewer than 100 examples of the variety exist. Most examples have been circulated, with only a handful still in uncirculated condition.
The few uncirculated pieces with red mint color that do exist and bring strong prices when offered at auction. Circulated examples of the 1969-S Doubled Die Lincoln Cent have sold for more than $10,000 each. One example graded PCGS MS64RD sold for $126,500 in early 2008.
- Designer: Victor D. Brenner (obverse), Frank Gasparro (reverse)
- Composition: 95% Copper, 5% Zinc
- Weight: 3.11 grams
- Diameter: 19 mm
- Edge: Plain