2008 S penny wide AM.. proof?.. counterfeit?

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  1. James.R

    James.R Just Here

    I've got a 2008 S penny that's got a wide AM... it's pretty shiney too. Is it real? Its thicker than any other penny I have but it still weighs 2.6 . From what I know, theres not supposed to be any wide AM pennies after 92.. right?? .. it's in pretty bad shape tho, but all comments and information is appreciated. 20200222_204130.jpg 20200222_204119.jpg 20200222_204150.jpg
     
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  3. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Your 2008-S is an impaired proof. (A proof that has circulated.)
    You can look it up but sometimes the proof Wide or Close AMs are the opposite
    of what the normal business strikes are.
    And so it's probably normal for that coin.
     
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  4. James.R

    James.R Just Here

    Yea if its proof then it is normal... how do I know if it is proof for sure?
     
  5. Danomite

    Danomite What do you say uh-huh Supporter

    All cents minted at San Francisco (S) were proofs. You can check the red book.
     
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  6. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    1968-1974 S cents were made as business strikes and proofs.
    1909-1955 the S cents were business strikes.
     
  7. Danomite

    Danomite What do you say uh-huh Supporter

    I meant in 2008:facepalm:
     
  8. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    @Michael K is correct. It's an impaired proof. The last business strike Lincoln cent struck at San Francisco was 1974. (1975 and later are all proof). It just surprises me that there's not even a hint of luster on that coin.
     
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  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's an impaired proof as it's only minted in proof but it has been circulated.
     
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  10. James.R

    James.R Just Here

    I'll check it.. I didn't know that
     
  11. James.R

    James.R Just Here

    There is luster, I just didnt take good pics lol. It's pretty shiney.. and thick.. the other s mint pennies are I have are not that thick
     
  12. James.R

    James.R Just Here

    Hmm.. idk why but every time I take a pic, it takes the shine away.. must be my phone

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  13. Martha Lynn

    Martha Lynn Active Member

    I believe when determining if it is wide or not, you also need to look at the distance between the M and E. As in your example, the distance is the same.
    There for not a wide a m.
     
  14. Chuck_A

    Chuck_A Well-Known Member

    You have posted enough times to know that you could have easily done a little research and found out what a proof and close/wide AM's are plus the relative years. No offense is intended, but you could have looked it up with the references others have already given you.
     
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  15. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Incorrect.. That is definitely a Wide AM.
    You only look at the distance between the A and the M.. That's why they are called Wide and Close AM
     
  16. Woodman60

    Woodman60 Mercury Dimes Franklin Halves

    A photography tip:
    Just a hint if you crop your photo's and do away with all the background your pictures will be easier to view.
     
  17. Martha Lynn

    Martha Lynn Active Member

    Got ya Paddyman. Thanks for the correction....…..martha
     
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  18. Mike185

    Mike185 Well-Known Member

    I would go ahead and give it a acetone bath for awhile.... it hard to tell on some of those spot if it is gunk or carbon spots....

    Keeper definitely!!!
     
  19. James.R

    James.R Just Here

    Most of it is gunk.. is nail polish a bad alternative to acetone? Lol
     
  20. Mike185

    Mike185 Well-Known Member

    What!! No!! Use 100% acetone! Don’t use that crap... you should wait!!! Don’t do it... just put it a 2x2 for now and enjoy it!!
     
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  21. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Yes, it contains more addivities than gasoline. You need industrial strength acetone. Very pure with no ill affects. Nail polish will eat the surface off of any coin.
     
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