1793 unstruck penny

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  1. Becki

    Becki New Member

    what is the value of a 1793 flowing hair penny that is unstruck on one side. I have had it for about 60 years.
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  3. Noah Finney

    Noah Finney Morgan / Gold Indian Member

    Hi , There,
    Welcome to coin talk. your coin could be rare or it could just be a fake. please post some pictures so we could see the coin. thanks!
  4. Becki

    Becki New Member

    will try to take pix in a.m. and post tomorrow night it is in the safe don't want to wake my son he is in the same room with safe Thanks!
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  5. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Welcome to CT.
  6. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Welcome to CT. Looking forward to your photo. It was common in those days to smooth one side of a coin. Cents being most common. And into the smoothed surface a person would engrave a sentiment. Often words of love. These are referred to as Love tokens and are quite collectible. I could see maybe the reverse being smoothed in anticipation of a love token engraving and perhaps something changed along the way and the piece was left unfinished. Unlikely that a coin left the mint with only one side struck.
  7. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    A coin cannot be struck with only an obverse or reverse die.
    Both the Hammer die and the Anvil die must be present in order to strike a coin.

    I like your theory of a love token. :)
  8. oz_in_ohio

    oz_in_ohio Active Member

    you stated " what is the value of a 1793 flowing hair penny that is unstruck on one side. I have had it for about 60 years." ... It is simply worth what another person is willing to pay for it....If nobody wants it, then it is worthless...
  9. USCoinCollector42

    USCoinCollector42 Well-Known Member

    @Becki Can we see pictures? It’s been a couple days now. If you really have a genuine flowing hair cent, it’s worth big cash.

    Unfortunately, I suspect you don’t. Please post some pictures of both the obverse and reverse (front and back) of the coin.
  10. Becki

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  11. Becki

    Becki New Member

    IMG_1198.JPG IMG_1195.JPG I took a picture of front and back
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  12. Becki

    Becki New Member

    I am not very good at this
  13. Becki

    Becki New Member

    here is back

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  14. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    I doubt that coin is genuine.
    The date is wrong. The 7 and 9 are off.
    The leaf above the date is wrong.
    The color is pretty much impossible. flowing-hair-large-cent-wreath.jpg
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2018
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  15. Becki

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  16. Becki

    Becki New Member

    I thought this was very interesting wonder how many they did like this. Since there is an edge this would make sense
  17. Becki

    Becki New Member

    guess I need to have someone look at it. My husband bought it when he was 13 that was a long time ago.
  18. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Google love token. I found a large cent with a smoothed back in my dealers junk box. I had In engraved and finished what was begun 150 years ago. The finished piece is below.

    And sadly, Becki I do not believe your coin is genuine. Aged copper wouldn’t shine like that. It is a beautiful piece but I believe it is a contemporary token of some sort. I’m sorry.

  19. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

  20. Becki

    Becki New Member

    Can't break the news to him that whoever sold this to him took advantage of a child just going to put it back in his book and let him believe its the real thing., He would never attempt to sell any of the coins anyway. They bring back memories of his childhood, When he showed it to me I was curious as to whether it was valuable. Can't be google they weren't around when we were children. Wow that makes us old!
  21. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Oh yeah. I get it. Back in the 1990’s my young son worked all weekend to buy me a three Morgan dollar set for Father’s Day. They are as fake as the day is long. Poor fakes too. I still to this day haven’t told him that though.
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