1851 Large Cent Holed Coin

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Pete Gabriele, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Pete Gabriele

    Pete Gabriele Member

    I found this at the bottom of one of my grandfather's junk draws. I looks real. I know guys collect these and they can be popular. I think I saw a complete type set of holed coins here once. This one looks a little different. It looks like it was made into a sprocket.

    If these things could only talk! Any thoughts on this one? Thanks.

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  3. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

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  4. Beefer518

    Beefer518 Well-Known Member

    IIRC, they were sometimes converted into some type of kitchen gadget.Don't remember what they're called, but it's like the thing used to perforate pie dough crust. This looks like it's one of them. It was cheaper to make one out of a cent then to buy a replacement wheel.
  5. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    But usually the ones for the pie dough have much coarser and longer teeth.

    There are two types of tool. The one for perforating the dough is called a docker, the one for sealing the edge of a pie is called a crimper.
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  7. Randy Abercrombie

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    Gentlemen, that was some first class private eye work.
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  8. Beefer518

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    So when I responded, it was 1:00 am, and I was a bit foggy. In any case, I woke up to a PM with the following this morning:

    So if my grammatical error offended anyone in addition to the IGP (internet Grammar police), you have my most humble apologies.

    Oddly enough, he missed the following which I feel is even more glaring:

  9. Pete Gabriele

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    You guys are great!!

  10. Mountain Man

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    They are correct, but due to having members from all over the world, and English is not their first language, I stopped trying to correct errors, but sometimes the proofreader in me comes out and I just bite my tongue. LOL
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  11. Pete Gabriele

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    I thought this guy @paddyman98 was the sites Grammar Policeman?!?!
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  12. Randy Abercrombie

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    It’s a revolving position. You should receive your notice soon.
  13. TonkawaBill

    TonkawaBill Well-Known Member

    Love it, quite an oddity
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  14. Pete Gabriele

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    LoL!! I haven't been here that long. This guy @paddyman98 practically owns this site. He should be a MOD. How do we nominate him for that? :hilarious:
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    Here is my official badge! ;)
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  16. John Wright

    John Wright Well-Known Member

    Great coin! This is what is commonly called a "done unto". There are many hundreds of variations of these, but yours looks like a quite well-made gear. My own collection had around a hundred "done unto's" that I used to mix with genuine legitimate errors for instruction-sessions -- "Can you tell which of these was made this way at the Mint and which are post-issue tinkerings?".
  17. Pete Gabriele

    Pete Gabriele Member

    Yes, I thought it was well-made as well. Like a gear or sprocket.

    No, can you?
  18. Mr.Q

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    It's a gold badge too so that comes with rank and privilege paddy.
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  19. coin_nut

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    That looks similar to a tool called a tracing wheel. My mother used to use one to transfer markings from a dress pattern to the cloth material. I see they are still for sale on line and apparently still used in that fashion.
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  20. John Wright

    John Wright Well-Known Member

    Yes. Those instruction-sessions are called "education", much as ANA's counterfeit-detection courses.
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  21. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    I think the tracing wheel is a good possibility. The problem with it being a gear or sprocket is the teeth on a gear have to be precise and evenly spaced or they will jam with the other gear they are supposed to mesh with.
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