1944 steel Doubled die reverse Lincoln wheat cent.

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Danaro1, Oct 19, 2020.


Is this a 1944 DDR steel cent?

Poll closed Oct 26, 2020.
  1. Yes

  2. Very nice!

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  1. Martha Lynn

    Martha Lynn Well-Known Member

    Super interesting coin to say the least. I modified op's photo to point out my area of interest inside black lines. 2020-10-19 02.23.33.jpg
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  3. Martha Lynn

    Martha Lynn Well-Known Member

    Even if it was plated, how explain what's inside those lines? And why are they smaller ? Yet seeming replicas of those two letters ?
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  4. Martha Lynn

    Martha Lynn Well-Known Member

    Perhaps it is a forgery and before it was plated they hand punched those two smaller letters believing the plating would conceal the deed. Given the M over M would be quite the feat. On second thought ,that wouldn't work either. They would have had to build up with copper, the area they intended to punch strike or the new letters would be incused. ?
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  5. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Welcome to CT. Very unlikely but as paddyman said, TPG the coin for the tell all, good luck.
  6. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter

    I’m thinking not genuine (as in: fake). The EPU doubling has 2 different sizes to the lettering. I hope this isn’t too negative for you...Spark
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  7. Mike Davis

    Mike Davis Supporter! Supporter

    Read above your earlier reply, the OP did say it passed the magnet test.
  8. Danaro1

    Danaro1 Member

    Humbug what?
  9. Danaro1

    Danaro1 Member

    No sir it's your opinion, thanks.
  10. Danaro1

    Danaro1 Member

    What is an op? It actually starts at the E
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  12. Danaro1

    Danaro1 Member

    It's doubling in my opinion it's across the whole name E Pluribus Unum not just the M's
  13. Martha Lynn

    Martha Lynn Well-Known Member

    the original poster who created the thread . In this case that would be you. Know thyself grasshopper.
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  14. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis College Dorm Collector

    A steel plated coin is my assumption. How did you acquire this? And how much did it set you back?
  15. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis College Dorm Collector

    The poll made me chuckle a bit.
    Is this a 1944 DDR steel cent?

    - Yes
    - Very Nice!
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  16. chascat

    chascat Well-Known Member

    Just my opinion...Looks like a Chinese counterfeit attempt gone wrong...Please prove me wrong. Good Luck!
  17. Neal

    Neal Well-Known Member

    Welcome to CT. I hope for your sake it is genuine. Wow, what a find that would be! But I have some doubts, although I make no claim to being an expert or close to it. The odds are against it. There are lots of fakes out there and very few genuine articles. The fact that it is magnetic is in its favor, but a plated steel counterfeit would also stick. The very weak strike is actually in its favor, in my opinion, since the equipment would have been adjusted for the bronze planchets in 1944, which require less pressure than a steel planchet. But a counterfeiter might also have been unable to reach the pressure required for steel. The doubling in E PLURIBUS UNUM looks suspicious, almost like a true doubled die. But it is hard to believe that a genuine doubled die would only be found on a single off-metal specimen, uncirculated, 76 years later. And would doubling that radical only show up in those letters on the edge? Again I'm no expert, but I would think not. Also, the general look and the luster just don't look right somehow to me. But like others have said, it might be worth sending it to a TPG. I hope I'm wrong.
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  18. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    Could you please post the coin in a vertical way to show the edge close-up? The planchets were originally punched from steel sheets that were pre-plated with zinc, so that obverse and reverse faces were bright , and the edge showing the steel core were dull grey color. Replated coins have the same color on the edge as on the faces. Thanks Jim
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  19. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Supporter! Supporter

    672F0E48-C61E-4472-B3A8-6EDF3A4A3ABE.jpeg Doesn’t look right for a cent in circulation for these many decades.
    And the 4s don’t look right
    See the tips of the horizontal bars
    If it weighs 2.7 grams, I’d send it for TPG anyway
    But as Jim said, edge may tell the tale
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  20. Danaro1

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  21. Danaro1

    Danaro1 Member

    Thanks sensei.
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