Picked an 1887 FS-101 (DDO) Indian Head penny!

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Joe Campbell, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. Joe Campbell

    Joe Campbell Well-Known Member

    Scored a really nice lot of IHP's for a super good price. All full LIBERTY, many w/ 4 full diamonds. Also found a couple of decent RPD's. I think the prize of the lot though is an 1887 DDO (FS-101). Obviously Longacre doubling is common on IHP's from this period but I believe this one is clearly a true DDO listed in the CPG. I'm not an expert so looking for any additional comments. I believe the coin is in the VF range, but it has some crud on the surface and could use a cleaning. However as I think the variety is worth quite a bit more than the $1 I paid for it I don't want to mess with cleaning until I fully understand what I have. Any thoughts or comments are appreciated.

    Thanks for looking.

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  3. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    I checked my 3rd edition of Snow's book and your coin certainly looks like FS-001 to me. Nice find!
  4. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Ding, Ding, Ding, I think we have a winner. Nice pick
  5. Joe Campbell

    Joe Campbell Well-Known Member

    Thanks. PCGS auction records shows VFish slabbed examples selling for ~$250. Even at half that it’s a huge win.

    any thoughts on cleaning? I assume a standard hot water soak followed by acetone soak shouldn’t do any harm.
  6. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Distilled water soak is all I would do to that one.
    I believe that an acetone soak will not remove anything that will make the coin look better. It is most likely to turn some of it white, and you do not want that.
  7. Joe Campbell

    Joe Campbell Well-Known Member

    Uh-oh.... Well, I'm not a procrastinator. Will take out of the acetone this morning and put it in some distilled water.
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