1960 d memorial cent need help please!

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  1. korey d

    korey d Member

    Hi everyone, i was wondering if any of you experts can help me out , i have a beautiful 1960 d cent that in my eyes is littered with errors , die cracks, chips, doubled die, both obverse and reverse. die scratches can someone please assist in my determination of what to do with it next. The coin doen not look to be circulated and is in great condition. if you look on the date pics tell me if you see anything. The zero look at 3 and 6 oclock postion. the digits looked to be doubled and rpm. thoughts on whole piece.

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  3. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    How did you come about this 1960 D cent?
    and don't say pocket change ... then it would be circulated ...

    "that in my eyes is littered with
    • errors ,
    • die cracks,
    • chips,
    • doubled die, both obverse and reverse.
    • die scratches
    • The coin doen not look to be circulated "
    Personally, I don't see any of that in that quantity. I maybe see a die crack on the word "oF"
    Was there a website you can reference for what you see ?

    I'm more curious about the word LIBERTY.
    but then I'm not much of a Cent expert ... @furryfrog02

    you can compare to these websites.

  4. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    worn die probably
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  5. chascat

    chascat Well-Known Member

    Looks like a small date var...no extra value.
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  6. Brina

    Brina Active Member

    I see what I'd call machine-doubling and a possible die crack.
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  7. korey d

    korey d Member

    I tried to take some better pics, i do not have a usb scope, so hopefully they work. I am not an expert , just someone who loves to learn and find:) any of your help is of the most appreciated. This coin as you say im not sure uncirculated, under normal viewing it shows no signs it was circulation, well at least used. It shines like a new penny , alittle more red. i am attaching photos again and i marked up what i saw, hopefully its not to many photos. thank you for your expertise.

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  9. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    The contact marks in the fields is evidence of wear/circulation, as is the flat hair lock at the top of the ear. The gouge in the jaw probably came from circulation.

    I do see the die crack on the shoulder, but that is deterioration on the 0/date. And I can't tell from your pics if that is doubling or just reflection, since the pics are not in complete critical focus.

    All in all, honestly, a slightly above average small date...I don't see any rpm...Spark
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  10. korey d

    korey d Member

    Spark, thank you for your feedback , it is appreciated greatly.
  11. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    @korey d, welcome to CT!

    Nice enough looking cent for it's age, but know that the Denver mint alone made more than 1.5 billion in 1960!

    The die crack on Abe's shoulder & the mushiness of the devices give a clue that this die was on it's last legs.

    Although the dings could be just bag marks, & perhaps uncirculated, it's really not special except that someone saved it from heavy circulation. Would be nice to know the story behind this acquisition (the circumstances by which you acquired it).

    Based on the pics you provided, can't tell much more than that!

    Perhaps some "cent" experts will chime in, as there were some varieties this year.

    Keep up the hunt! :happy:
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  12. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    Be careful of those USB microscopes.
    Since they convert and process the image you'll find that processing features actually add stuff to the image. You may see things in the image that are not on the coin. Just learn how to use it properly.

    Most of the time you do not need a USB microscope image to see Doubled Dies and everything else, it actually may make it harder due to the processing junk thrown in.

    If you can't see it with a normal loop, then normally it could be a microscopic DD that is found a lot now since the single squeeze method started in 1996.

    This below site to learn and study. You'll have to read it about 100 times before you start understanding stuff in it. The faster you read, the more you'll have to reread.

    here's info about Doubled Dies
    and the 8 different classes are about 1/3 down the page in links.

    use these as references
  13. Neal

    Neal Well-Known Member

    I'm not an expert by any stretch, but it looks to me that this is struck from a very worn obverse die, which accounts for everything you mention. The doubling, including the mint mark (if the doubling is real and not a reflection; it's hard to tell in the pictures) seems to me to be only die deterioration. There is a prominent die crack at the shoulder, and I think I see where it continues through the left field and into the R in LIBERTY, where it becomes more visible. There are also scattered die marks and polishing lines, all resulting from the age of the die. As pointed out above, there are lots of nicks from the mint bag or from circulation. I would keep it if I had it because it is interesting, but I wouldn't buy it.
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  14. korey d

    korey d Member

    You all are so great with your replies and advise. I am sure I will be on here more often now. Thank you again for your expertise, i will get there , this coin looking like it does out of coin roll hunting was the first that was like this. Hopefully i will bring something great at some point, if not ill keep searching.
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  15. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    Everyone here at CoinTalk has been there...thinking you have something, consult the knowledge and expertise of CT forum members and get our bubble burst.

    All part of the learning curve, embrace it, just overhead; the cost of doing business, goes with the territory. We all have the "search" bug too, in varying flavors...good luck to you...Spark
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