1997 Doubled Die Obverse "Ear"
Fivaz Stanton Numbers:
Old FS-1-043   New FS-01-1997-101

Breen:  Not Listed

Coneca:  1-O-IV+VIII

Crawford: CDDO-001

Wexler: WDDO-001

Coppercoins:  1997P-1DO-001

The 1997 Doubled Die Obverse
(DDO) exhibits doubling of the ear
lobe and shows some minor doubling  
in the hair and beard.   Ken Potter
believes that this is the result of "
a
tilted die blank seating itself into
proper position during the hubbing
process
".  Coneca has determined
that this is a Class IV and VIII doubled
die.  Class VIII doubled dies are the
result of a die or hub being tilted
during the hubbing process like Potter
suggests.  Class IV doubled dies are
dies that are offset (like the 1983
doubled die reverse 1).  

ANACS, PCGS and NGC will all certify
this variety.  ANACS will put "Doubled
Ear" rather than "Doubled Die" on the
slab.  

Images courtesy of LCR (top) and Steven
Bingham (bottom).