1951 D wheat cent, error or damage?

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  1. John Frank 4263

    John Frank 4263 New Member

    Found this wheat cent tonight. Not sure if this is an error or just damage. Never seen anything like it before. Just wanted to get your opinions on it. Thanks.
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  3. CygnusCC

    CygnusCC Roping the Learns

    Hmm, it doesn't quite look like a detached lamination. Is it raised? If so it's probably glue from where it was stuck on a card or similar.
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  4. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Just Damage. Not an error. :D
  5. JPD3

    JPD3 Well-Known Member

    I agree with above that it's most likely PMD, but there's a very very small possibility it's a strike through. "The plastic comes from a covering which is used to protect the dies, and is removed prior to the die’s being put into service to strike coins. Sometimes not all the plastic is removed, resulting in a strike through."---Jon Sullivan, Sullivan Numismatics
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  6. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Can you provide better pictures of the reverse side?
    Try at an angle.

    I think you might be wrong this time. I've seen similar large Delaminations before. (Planchet Flaw)
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  7. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Oh darn! Could it be residue from tape?
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  8. CygnusCC

    CygnusCC Roping the Learns

    One way to find out is to soak it for a few hours in pure acetone. See if the glue/residue comes off...

    I agree with paddyman, though. An angle should give us a much better view.
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  9. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Looks like tape residue from being in an album. And I think I'm seeing a die chip on the MM. I would soak it in acetone for a bit and then use a Q-tip.
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  10. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It could be a form of a delimitation but in this photo it looks like residue from scotch tape. Better photos are needed.

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  11. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Look at how it doesn't affect either rim but is confined to the reverse face. Pretty hard to think of it as damage. See what an acetone soak does. I'm thinking it's lamination. Sharper pictures wouldn't hurt none, I'm in agreement with @paddyman98 there.
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  12. John Frank 4263

    John Frank 4263 New Member

    Soaked it in acetone. These are the after pictures. It isn't raised at all. And as eddiespin pointed out it is confined to the reverse and not the edge.
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  13. CygnusCC

    CygnusCC Roping the Learns

    The strip cleaned up nicely after the acetone soak, which is why I'm thinking more than ever that this was tape/glue residue. The residue protected the coin from natural toning which is why you can see the lighter copper color exposed. You can even see how the rim has become lighter where it was protected.

    IMO, I think you have a coin that was stuck or taped to something. I'll let the more experienced members make the final determination, though.

    Thanks for sharing and welcome to CT!
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  14. VistaCruiser69

    VistaCruiser69 Well-Known Member

    Looks a lot like one of the pennies my great grandma would tape inside one of my birthday cards when I was a little kid. After a number of years being taped inside of the card, the tape leaves a residue on the coin much like that.

    One of the things I miss from my childhood, getting birthday cards with coins taped on the inside from great grandma.
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  15. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Good stuff
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  16. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Coins? I used to get $20 mailed to me in the mail. Boy, you must be older than me? :p
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  17. VistaCruiser69

    VistaCruiser69 Well-Known Member

    No, I think it's because my great grandma was at her prime during the great depression. My grandparents were kids during that era as well. And for that reason, those who experienced it first hand tended to keep it living in their memories which in turn impacted what they did for the remainder of their lives. For example, nothing upset my grandparents in the home more then wasting food. Every time I ate a meal at the house where I was serving myself, my grandfather would echo "take all you want but eat all you take". I threw away some food from my plate into the trash once. He looked at me like I had just got caught stealing money or something. I made sure I never did that again. He's not around anymore, but still, to this day, I live by that golden rule.
  18. CygnusCC

    CygnusCC Roping the Learns

    Yup, I grew up getting a $2 bill in my birthday card from granny, well into the 80's. Looking back on it, it was endearing - something I would remember fondly the rest of my life. As a pre-teen and teenager, though, I was pretty disappointed that it didn't at least move up to a $5 or $10 bill. ;)
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  19. VistaCruiser69

    VistaCruiser69 Well-Known Member

    The last card I got with money in it from my great grandmother was when I turned 12. She put a $2 dollar bill in it. Getting it, I was then anticipating others to follow. But nope, that was the last time she sent me money in a card. After that it was just cards without any money. Turns out she did that will all her great grandkids. When you got the $2.00 from great grandma, you know that's the last of it.
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