The 1970-S Doubled Die Lincoln cent is the third scarcest major doubled die in the entire Lincoln cent series, following the 1958 and 1969-S Doubled Dies. The 1970-S Doubled Die is also one of the strongest doubled dies in the entire Lincoln cent series, following the 1955, 1958 and 1972 Doubled dies.
The 1970-S Doubled Die Lincoln cent is actually scarcer than the 1917, 1936 Type 1, 1955 Doubled Dies, the 1972 Type 1 and the 1995 Doubled Dies. The 1970-S Doubled Die has the words In God We Trust and Liberty dramatically doubled. The date is also doubled but not as prominent. All the doubling can easily be seen with the naked eye. There are approximately 50 1970-S Doubled Die Lincoln cents known. Most of the surviving examples are in mint state grades with atleast half of all surviving examples displaying complete full red surfaces.
Brown: There are probably less than 10 examples in existence in circulated and uncirculated grades which display mostly brown surfaces. These were probably found in circulation. Of these 10, less than five are probably in circulated grades.
Red Brown: Some coins were probably stored improperly or found in circulation very early. These would account for the coins displaying red brown surfaces, which could be a total of about 15 examples.
Red: Most examples exist in uncirculated grades and displaying full red surfaces. Primarily because most examples were found in original mint bags and including original rolls. At least 20 examples exist in MS 64 condition, about 10 in MS65 condition or higher. In MS66 grades, it is considered very rare since there are less than five examples known in MS66 grades with none finer.