1894 Doubled Date 1C MS65 Red PCGS
Snow-1, FS-301. Among small cents of any date and type, the 1894 Doubled Date, as here, is one of the most dramatic - taking a place on the same level as the 1872 Doubled LIBERTY Indian cent and the 1955 Doubled Die Lincoln cent. The four-digit 1894 date logotype was punched once into the die, then perhaps given a second tap with a mallet to deepen the impression, but the Mint employee did not realize that it had slipped, and a double impression was caused.
In the vast array of doubled date Indian cents, the 1894 stands tall as this is one of the most dramatically doubled dates in the series. Furthermore, the date 1894, in itself, is scarce with a lower relative mintage of 16,749,500 pieces, so the date has that semi-key aura already. In Mint State condition this is a prized rarity, and with any degree of Red, such a coin is that much more desirable. To find a Gem example of the Doubled Date with full mint Red is simply amazing. To date PCGS has awarded a mere 11 examples (at most) this lofty grade level with a single example seen finer by a grade point. The surfaces are mint fresh with no detracting marks and the strike is sharp, with the doubled date feature clear to the unaided eye. Obviously the engraver entered the date too high and East, with all four digits showing dramatic repunching. (PCGS 92189)