Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Willysilver, Mar 3, 2018.
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Im confused a wide am on an 88 with the reverse f g of a 89 is supposed to be a error coin correct
incorrect, wide AM is normal on all 1959-1992 cents....your coin looks like it either took a hit or its plating blisters, as the top curve of the "G" lines up with the upright bar.....
@ken454 said. I think you may have been looking at lincentresources photo and I'm not sure why they would put the wide am on the top of the pic.
If it took a hit or has a plating blister issue, as ken454 showed you, then it isn't a Reverse of '89.
A close-up would tell everyone.
The Cherrypickers Guide also uses the "Wide AM" terminology incorrectly and confusingly for this coin. Ken454 was correct, all Lincoln Memorial Cents (LMC) 1959 to 1992 have a wide am reverse, there is no reason for the CPG to use the term "Wide AM" but they do.
But in Dec. 1988, or so, the mint ran out of the old design reverse working dies and some anonymous mint employee goober grabbed a new design working die to finish off a run.
Thus, the 1988 Reverse of '89 was created. This is not an error. It is called a variety.
I hope this clears up any remaining confusion you had. Please provide the forum with a in-focus close-up of the designers initials and we can all find out. There are other markers used, but the FG distinctions are easiest for me.
Thank u so much
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