1940 penny with die crack, and possible strike through?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by 3eros, May 5, 2021.

  1. 3eros

    3eros New Member

    Can someone help me figure out what I'm looking at, I thought It may have been a scratch or someone took a blade and dragged it across the obverse but I dont think that's the case. The line is raised, PICT0004.jpg PICT0013.jpg PICT0003.jpg PICT0019.jpg Theres impressions of maybe a staple and I'm not sure if the surface is scratched theres many indents and the surface appears rough. On the reverse there is a die crack at the bottom right of the wheat leaf that looks like it may be a stage of DDO- 003. The crack travels all the way to the right side of the T in STATES PICT0004.jpg PICT0013.jpg PICT0003.jpg PICT0019.jpg PICT0004.jpg PICT0019.jpg PICT0004.jpg PICT0013.jpg PICT0003.jpg PICT0019.jpg

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  3. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    Looks like a bad plating issue. Is it silvery in color?
  4. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    Your pics aren't of the highest of quality but I see a plating issue as well . I can see the Zinc coming through . Can you provide better Pics ?
    Die cracks just don't act like that. I don't believe anyways .
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  5. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    How many responses are you waiting for before you answer my question? I see you are monitoring the thread.
    Not a good way to begin your CT experience.
  6. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    Sure doesn't look like a "normal' die crack. It's too clean.
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  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Looks like the coin has been scratched and then replated with copper. There is displaced metal along the groove.
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  8. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    The obverse mark is a scratch, die cracks do not travel onto the edge as the die does not strike there.
    The line on the reverse may be a die crack. It ends at the edge on the coins field.
    I looked real close but did not see any Zinc on this 1940 LWC.
    No DDO-003 die stage, DDO stands for Doubled Die Obverse.
  9. William F

    William F Well-Known Member

    Issue with the re-plating process, a hair or a bit of thin wire got stuck under the plating (In my opinion) and it's immortalized now...
  10. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster Member of the ANA since 1982

    Agree with it being a scratch. It appears that there's displaced metal along the edges of the scratch. A strike through would have a flat field leading up the recessed area while a die crack wouldn't be recessed. Displaced metal is an easy way distinguish strike throughs from damage.

    @SensibleSal66 FYI, This is a 1940 cent with a copper planchet, not copper plated zinc.
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  11. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    Plating? Zinc? This is a 1940 copper cent so the answers are confusing even me.
  12. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Zinc, I don't see no stinking zinc. Mountain Man is right, 1940 is COPPER!
  13. 3eros

    3eros New Member

    Sorry for the lag... the coin looks yellowish it weighs 2.98 grams, I'll take closer pics, but I cant guarantee quality the mark that runs from the U to lincolns head is slightly recessed, but the line that runs from the S to the rim above 1940 is raised, bit the metal doesnt look split. I mean it does look split from far but magnified it doesnt. My microscope sucks, it doesnt pick up all the details clearly. I'll upload more magnified pics as soon as I can
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