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Hot On The Trail – June 6, 1984

Hot On The Trail – June 6, 1984

“There was a double line …”

– The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (BERY)

Illustration by Bill King – Numismatic News June 6, 1984 issue

In the early 1980’s, the United States Mint had an issue with many of the Lincoln cents it was striking having small doubling on many of the letters in the coin’s design. Sharp-eyed numismatists who collected errors and varieties hunted for these coins, and nearly every week in the numismatic press there were reports of new varieties being found. Bill King, an illustrator for Numismatic News, drew the above cartoon showing a Sherlock Holmes character on the search for these doubled die varieties.

The three major areas of doubling on a 1955 Lincoln cent – PCGS Coin Facts

The doubling that occurred on the Lincoln cents of the early 1980’s is relatively minor and generally needs a magnifying glass to be seen easily. We are illustrating this post with a picture of a 1955 doubled die cent, where the doubling is quite obvious. It is estimated that approximately 20,000 of these cents made it into circulation before the error was caught at the mint.

For the non-numismatists reading this post, it is important to remember that these coins were not struck twice, but only once. In the process of transferring the design from a master hub to the actual die that would strike the coins, these two items would become misaligned and created a doubled image on the die that struck these coins. There are 8 different classifications of doubled die errors.

John A. Wexler is a noted authority in the area of doubled die errors and has written several books that are the standard works on the topic. Check out his web page for a much more detailed description of how these occur.

Thanks to David C. Harper, Editor of Numismatic News for sharing this with us!

Sherlocko the Monk: The Mystery of the Busted Slot Machine (August 25, 1911)

Sherlocko the Monk: The Mystery of the Busted Slot Machine (August 25, 1911)

“… the automatic self-adjusting slots …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plan (BRUC) We’ve shared a few installments of the Sherlocko The Monk, a comic strip drawn by Gus Mager from 1910 to 1913 in the Hearst newspapers of the era. We are pleased to share another of these comic strips, The Mystery of the Busted Slot Machine, that… Continue Reading

The 1972 Sherlock Bones Hobo Dollar

The 1972 Sherlock Bones Hobo Dollar

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!’” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps… Continue Reading

Sherlocko the Monk: The Adventure of Tightwaddo and the Missing Penny

Sherlocko the Monk: The Adventure of Tightwaddo and the Missing Penny

“It was like some strange caricature …” – The Adventure of the Priory School (PRIO) There are a few Sherlockians that might be familiar with the works of cartoonist Gus Mager. From December 9, 1910 until February 1913, Mager drew Sherlocko the Monk for the Hearst newspaper syndication group. He would draw over 270 strips under… Continue Reading

The 2003 Sherlock Mickey Elongated Quarter

The 2003 Sherlock Mickey Elongated Quarter

“… play with me like a cat with a mouse.” – The Adventure of the Abbey Grange (ABBE) The Walt Disney Company launched a huge celebration in 2003 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. At Walt Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, they had the 75 Years with Mickey celebration that launched on March 1st… Continue Reading

Cook Islands To Issue Detective Conan Coins

Cook Islands To Issue Detective Conan Coins

“… looking as delighted as a child with a new toy.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) The government of the Cook Islands announced in late July that they would be striking two coins to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Detective Conan. In 1994, a Japanese detective manga series called Detective Conan was launched and since that time over… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Since we having recently been talking about a mystery involving a giant hound, let’s turn our focus onto a giant hound that helps solves mysteries. In 1969, the animation studios of Hanna-Barbera produced the first episodes of Scooby-Doo,… Continue Reading