Are these wheat cents "woodies" ?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by TylerH, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    Hi All

    Been reading about woody cents and then while going through some bulk wheats, I think I found 2. Sorry for the large fingers in the pics - the only way I could get a pic of them with good light was to hold at an angle.

    Im *pretty* sure this 1938s is a woody:

    1938sa.JPG 1938sb.JPG

    Not as sure with this 1950 - but something is going on there:


    Thank you!
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  3. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Not sure about the 1950. That color could be a result of cleaning?
    The first one has that wood grain/ improper alloy mix look.
  4. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Those are Woodies, very minor but they look correct.
    I was looking for a 38S that I have, can't find it.
    Here is one that I couldn't pass up.
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  5. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

  6. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    38S - Nice, circulated example, VF-35, light woody.

    1950 - Not a woody, that band on the obverse is probably from contact with something during storage. Most people probably don't like it but I do, it has character. It's not a special year or anything - it'd be collecting "because you like it". A good enough reason to keep many coins! VF-25
  7. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    It has a corresponding bright streak on the reverse. UM through the tip of the wheat stalk?
  8. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    yes but not as pronounced as the front - I actually found another (I think) today - a worn 1870 IHC - Very strange looking

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  9. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    That appears to be from a harsh scrubbing.
  10. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    What are the tells of that?
  11. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    Not to be hard headed but I also dont know if that is the case - Under magnification even in the lettering and in the ) of 1870 has this pattern, would be hard to scrup that completely on front and back no?

    Again, not trying to "see what I want to see" just an observation
  12. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Well from the photo those lines look more like cleaning scratches than wood grain from improper alloy mix. But I don't have the coin in hand. It's just a guess.
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