1996 D Penny with copper plating removed

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Ruskoinabiscuit, Dec 18, 2020.

  1. Ruskoinabiscuit

    Ruskoinabiscuit New Member

    I’m sort of baffled by this coin, my wife just found it. It’s a 1996 D penny however the copper plating is removed in the center of the coin on both sides. It’s very clean and leaves a ring of copper around the outside and it’s very pleasing to look at. I’ve never seen anything like this and am baffled on how it happened. Is this an error coin? Or was it altered somehow? It’s taken off so cleanly without any damage so it leads me to believe it’s an error from the mint but I have no idea. Thanks

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  3. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    Guessing environmental damage. Maybe acid ? Wait for more opinions...
  4. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    The copper coating on these is micro thin and I tend to lean toward the easier more obvious answers. That cent looks to me like somebody took steel wool to it.
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  5. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    Your coin looks like it could be a legitimate error coin. Any type of abrading would damage the design details and leave copper in the small nooks and crannies of the design. Acid would not leave plating at the top of Abe's hair and remove it at the edge of the design that is the top of his head. The stretching of the metal during the striking would produce an effect of separating the plating. The details are sharp to the eye, which make it look to be struck without plating. JMO.
  6. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Looks like a little copper remover was used on that one.
  7. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Maybe Bullseye Plating error..
    Just a guess but I might be wrong

  8. Raizac

    Raizac Active Member

    What a bout blow torch?
  9. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    By the appearance of the word 'liberty ' where it isn't between the lettering and the surface doesn't seem to be damage , I would also think it was a plating problem. Jim
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  10. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    The melting point of copper is ~1200° above zinc.
  11. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Based on the appearance, I also feel that it's a legitimate plating error
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  12. Ruskoinabiscuit

    Ruskoinabiscuit New Member

    Wow thanks for the response everyone!
  13. JCro57

    JCro57 Making Errors Great Again

    Damaged with acid. Seen a million of these
  14. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    Chemically treated surfaces.

    Not a partial plating eror, imo
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