1966 penny text thickness?

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  1. J Brand

    J Brand New Member

    I found a 1966 penny, in remarkably good condition for a circulation coin, but I am unsure whether what I see is anything at all. The lettering seems to be thicker than usual. For comparison I will include a picture of a similarly good conditioned 1969 penny. Unsure probably nothing but let me know thanks! 15937533377882816049455287778750.jpg 15937533990755316254406923705839.jpg
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  3. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Supporter! Supporter

    Welcome to Coin Talk. Sometimes thick lettering and numerals are caused by a worn die. In certain cases it may be an indication of some kind of doubling. DD-doubled die; MD-mechanical doubling; DDD-die deterioration doubling. There may be other reasons but I don't know them all. From your photos I can't see any doubling.
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  4. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    Your '66 coin and the '69 coin were produced using two different Master Dies.
    They really can't be compared to each other. In 1969 the mint started using a new master die. This made a major difference on how the coins look.
    Here is a side by side for comparison.
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  5. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    @alurid has the answer to your issue.
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  6. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Yes they changed the look of the coin as mentioned.
    And have done so several more times since then.
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  7. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    I think the next change came in as early as 1972. 1969 is a popular year for the floating roof reverse.
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  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I think the difference your seeing is based on two things. A change occurred between the dates on both coins and older, worn dies produce what you see on your 1966 cent.

    Welcome to CT.
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  9. rascal

    rascal Well-Known Member

    This is the first time I have seen the floating roof coin mentioned in a while. I have one of the 1969 ones and it is the only one I ever found. Plus the floating roof on my coin the top of the memorial pillars are slanted and sharp on the left side of the top of them.
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  10. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Welcome to CT. Best of luck in future finds keep searching. Be safe


    I sure know I am out of topic. Just joined the group. How could I post pictures here?
  12. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    What is your topic?
  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Welcome to CT. Go to FORUMS, then choose the correct one. Then hit the POST NEW THREAD button. Put in your title then type away. State what you see, tell us about it or ask questions.

    To post photos, scroll down and upload. Please do not use links or thumbnails. We like full size photos. Best to take them then crop out the background before posting.
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