1849 Large Cent weird wear

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Moekeever, Mar 24, 2023.

  1. Moekeever

    Moekeever Well-Known Member

    The wear on this 1849 Large Cent has bugged me. Any ideas if it’s PMD or something else. Most are very well struck.

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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    I've seen them like this, though I couldn't tell you what caused that particular wear pattern.

    I wouldn't call it PMD, since wear does not equal damage. But yeah, it's wear, and not some strange strike or the like.

    Edit: wait... look at how high that date is. That thing's a teeny bit off-center! So... hmmm...

    Yep, it does appear there is something else going on with this one, despite my dismissing it at first glance.

    The whole reverse is slightly off center as well. I guess that could account for the odd strike, though you'll want someone better versed in error coins than I am to answer that.
  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Maybe an old Pocket Piece?
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  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Maybe that could account for the wear, but it's definitely a tad off-center!
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  6. Moekeever

    Moekeever Well-Known Member

    The raised rim is not what I typically see with worn pieces. The really worn pieces have no rim left. Maybe the rim been messed with?
  7. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    Is your coin not round? It looks to be a bit eggish to me. Looks like it may have been flattened somehow, but only on the inside of the rims. Quite odd.
  8. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    Almost looks like a well circulated broadstrike.

    No vending machines or "CoinStars" to reject them back then. Just kept on doing its job . . . . .


  9. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I think that it has been crushed in some way. The design devices seem to have been flattened by something other than normal wear.
  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    I like this theory. There’s definitely something like that going on, for both sides to be oh-so-slightly off center. Smashing or flattening the coin would not have moved the date out of position like that. And look at how far STATES OF is from the rim.

    I guess a broadstrike could account for both the slight off-centeredness and the funky raised rims, right? Then you’ve got lots of pocket wear over all that, to make things a little less obvious at a casual glance.

    Very intriguing piece.
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  11. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    It could be something simple like sticking the coin under a table leg to keep it from rocking.
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