How to determine Double Dies

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    CARRIE A COOK New Member

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    I am relatively new to coin collecting, kind of got thrown into it, but I have to say, I am kind of enjoying it. That said, I have researched many coins and errors for coins. My biggest problem is determining if something is or is not a double die. Some, like the 1983 penny reverse doubling is easy to spot, others not so much. How do you really know? any tips for a newbie? also, attached are 2 pics with items I question as doubling. They probably are not, but any opinions or pointers would be helpful. in the pics I see a small doubling under the ear and the 5 of the date. Am I correct, or is this just wear/damage and or just how a zinc penny is? Thanks in advance!
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  3. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    I do not think so, I think it is Die deterioration damage, but since this is the obverse, you can look at the "L" in liberty and if it is very close to the edge , that would probably confirm DDD. Jim
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  4. Kentucky

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    DDD is Die Deterioration Doubling and comes from the erosion of the die from extended usage. Also can be termed NAV doubling (No Added Value)
  5. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    First thing you do is read. And I’m not talking Wikipedia. I’m talking something like this, by somebody who knows what he’s talking about...
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