1946 TINY PENNY

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Pennies_aplenty, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. 20160926_192205.jpg Here are two pennies from 1946. One is normal, but the other is too small to fit on my coin folder...by 1 millimeter. It's not a matter of worn edges because the features on the small penny are proportionally smaller. It's also bigger than the dime. Is this the opposite of a broadstrike error?
     
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  3. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    What kind of folder do you have? I've had some of the old Whitman albums whose holes weren't cut too precisely.

    Chris
     
  4. Mad Stax

    Mad Stax Well-Known Member

    That's odd, definite size differential, I'll be interested to find out the story behind that
     
  5. Littleton Custom Coin Folder
     
  6. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Is it thinner too? Just wondering, I have one that got dipped in acid for a bit.

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  7. No
     

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  8. Markus1959

    Markus1959 Well-Known Member

    Huh? Maybe the smaller cent is original as I have found dimes CRH cent rolls - and the larger one is suspect? Most people don't have a gram scale but could you weight it? I think Wheats and Memorial coppers should weigh 3.2 grams, (correct me if I'm wrong?
     
  9. I wish I had a gram scale!
     
  10. And what is CRH?
     
  11. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Coin roll hunting!

    Chris
     
  12. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    It looks like someone did a good job of sanding the rim off. The lettering is very close to the edge, and that would make the coin look and feel thinner.
     
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  13. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    Can you post a picture of the reverse?
     
  14. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Simple.. I can answer this mystery because it has happened to me.

    Many years ago I was filling a Whitman Folder #9004 made for 1909-1940 Wheat Cents. Searching through all of my loose Wheats I filled up about half the folder. I remembered that I had an Encased Wheat Cent that was dated 1931 Philadelphia Mint, with no mintmark of course. It was able to pry out the Cent and discard of the horseshoe good luck shaped metal encasement. Then when I tried to place the Cent into the spot on the holder I saw that the Cent was to small and would not stay. The force of the encasement actually made the diameter of the Cent smaller!

    I'm sure that this is your answer :woot:
    @cpm9ball
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2016
  15. Thanks
     
  16. It appears that the wheat ears are smaller on the smaller penny. However, your explanation makes sense.
     
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  17. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    And here is my tiny Cent. I used tape to hold it into the folder. Did that when I was 18 years old. See the space?
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  18. Awesome! And great idea!
     
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  19. Markus1959

    Markus1959 Well-Known Member

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  20. Neo0368

    Neo0368 New Member

    Ok .. I just got a 1946 cent in near perfect condition that is definitely smaller than the rest . I needed to use tape to keep it in the holder . Maybe I should send it out for grading & see what they say .. Is say it’s an error of some sort
     
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