1888 Indian Head Penny

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Tyra Walker, Apr 24, 2019.


Has anyone seen anything like this?

  1. What's it worth

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  2. Any ideas

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  1. Tyra Walker

    Tyra Walker New Member

    I dont know what type of metal is on the back of this. Has anyone ever seen anything like this?

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  3. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    IMO it looks like solder. Wait for other's opinions.
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  4. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    looks like someone soldered it to some jewelry ?
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  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    Why is this thread on the What's it worth forum?
    it is a damaged Cent o_O
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  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Umm... hey, here's an idea... maybe she wants to know what it's worth?

    Ya think? ;)

    Unfortunately, as it is, very little. As mentioned, it was soldered onto something, and yes, it is a damaged cent, so it is worth only a few cents monetarily. Its only value is as a curiosity, since it does happen to be 121 years old.

    I would remount it in some kind of jewelry or art piece, with the good side (obverse) facing out. The solder damage permanently ruins any numismatic value the coin would have had (which would have been modest anyway, even if it were an undamaged coin in that grade).

    So it's forever destined to be a jewelry piece instead. If artistically reused in some new piece of jewelry or sculpture or whatever, it would be worth more as "art" than it would ever have been to a coin collector, anyway.
  7. Stevearino

    Stevearino Supporter! Supporter

    @lordmarcovan, since I have your post in front of me and the OP added a quite useless questionnaire (so many new members on CT add silly or useless ones): could there be a note at the bottom of the link for a new post that a survey/questionnaire is NOT necessary if a question is posed in the body of the thread?

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  8. FooFighter

    FooFighter Just a Knucklehead Coin Hunter

    Yes I've seen that quite often too. It would make sense because at certain times, It almost appeared to me that the questionnaire or poll was just part of the process.
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  9. David Eugene Swiger

    David Eugene Swiger Active Member

    Gently remove the solder and it may be worth a dollar. I G-4 it's good for approx. $3. Sorry, still a nice find. I'd keep it.
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  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    While it's true there's something about the message posting form that makes new folks think a poll is necessary (which results in some nonsensical polls, like this one), and while the addition of a line of explanatory text might help (or not), I think that's developer-level stuff, since it would require some kind of amendment to the software, I'm guessing.

    I wouldn't know, since such technical things are beyond my scope. Maybe it's something @GDJMSP could discuss with @Peter T Davis, but I wouldn't think it would be terribly high on their list of priorities. We may just have to continue seeing wacky polls posted by confused newbies.
  11. Stevearino

    Stevearino Supporter! Supporter

    You've summoned the powers that be, my Lord M. Perhaps it wouldn't be that difficult to fix. We'll have to see.

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