If you read this page, https://www.pcgs.com/coinfacts/coin/1964-1c-sms-rd/3284 don't just read it, but create a checklist, or bullet items to check against. for instance ... "SMS Lincoln cents is characterized by a nice, smooth, satin-like finish. The fields are usually well struck, very clean and tend to come without any major nicks or scratches. The edges for most 1964 SMS coins also tend to be square and sharp. The bust and legends are usually highly detailed and sharp on most examples, especially when compared to circulation strike coins. The surfaces are non-reflective compared to proof coins of the era, yet, are not the same finish as regular issue coins from the same year" you can create a list such as: nice, smooth, satin-like finish The fields are usually well struck, very clean and tend to come without any major nicks or scratches. edges for most 1964 SMS coins also tend to be square and sharp bust and legends are usually highly detailed and sharp surfaces are non-reflective compared to proof coins of the era are not the same finish as regular issue coins from the same year The best methods for comparison here is not photos. But you need to buy yourself a set of various cents in that era. Proof, high grade circulated, etc. satin cents, etc for comparison and learning. You may even want to BUY an SMS cent for direct comparison. but questions back to you ... ==> do you know what a satin like finish is? If not, then BUY some certified cents that do have satin like finish listed on the label for comparison ==> "well struck" here we are talking about coins struck with a NEW DIE from a new Master Die for the well struck aspect of it. You can BUY coins that are very well struck. This requires knowledge of Die States, etc. ==> "square and sharp edges" here you may want to compare it to PROOF cents of that year. You may have to BUY some Proofs for direct comparisons .. don't compare using pictures. but that coin isn't SMS. you have to remember, all 1964 cents look nearly virtually identical. Except for very minute detail changes for the 3 different types - SMS, Proof, Circulated. Thus the checklist, but then you have to know how to use the checklist/knowledge of those details. If you search SMS on CT, you'll find a bunch of postings from ppl about if they have an SMS coin. Usually they are fed disinformation from YouTube or click bait websites ... so members here get tired and direct about it. There are articles out there that mention that maybe there are some still out there and other articles that state that ALL the SMS coins were authenticated/slabbed. And of course the clickbait stuff makes ppl believe you can find it in your pocket change each and every day.