1968 Penny - misaligned die, offset die or neither?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by coingambler66, Dec 2, 2022.

  1. coingambler66

    coingambler66 New Member

    1968 penny thick rim.jpg 1968 penny thick rim rev.jpg

    The rim on the obverse side looks uneven to me with the letters in IGWT & L touching it. The other side looks mostly normal. Does this look like a slightly misaligned die? I realize it is not by much but for learning purposes, I'd like to know if this is anything or just a mushed coin. Thank you
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  3. 1stSgt22

    1stSgt22 I'm just me! Supporter

    Misaligned die or MAD. Very common.
  4. Amos 811

    Amos 811 DisMember

    54 years of use.
  5. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    The obverse is a MAD.
    1968 was the last year of use of the old master die from 1916. Which is why all the lettering designs touch the edge of the field, and why Abe has a high profile compared to newer coins.
    A new master die was made for 1969 year.
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  6. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    A slight MAD as previously stated.
  7. justafarmer

    justafarmer Senior Member

    Misaligned die. Look at the rim. While both will exhibit crowding of the design to the rim. A misaligned die will exhibit an uneven rim. An offset die will exhibit an even normal rim. An offset die is where the design was not hubbed in the center of the die stock. When the working die is placed into the lathe in order to remove the lugs and establish the rim - the die rotates in the lathe on the center axis of the die stock. This produces a die with a normal rim and the design off-center crowding the rim.
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  8. Jeffjay

    Jeffjay Well-Known Member

    I guess that explains why I've always thought Lincoln's from the '60s look pretty nice.
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  9. 1shhegdxer

    1shhegdxer New Member

    Did you know you could clean a coin by putting it in orange juice/vinegar for 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water, and then put vegetable oil on both sides and rinsing it then dry with microfiber towel, or pencil erase for hours
  10. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Only if you want to ruin it.
    Those are all unacceptable methods of restoration.
  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Every thing you mention will hurt the surface of the coin.
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