ALL 1988 Lincoln Cents are Wide AM's (WAM). I was doing some hunting and as far as I knew the main diagnostic for this variety was the distance between the A and M on 'AMERICA' How does a new person research if an error for a certain years exists.. Check the price guides for the major known errors/varieties. After purchasing a few raw examples for what seemed like a good deal ($15 each) I was preparing to send them off to grading. As that can be costly i wanted to triple check that I had what i thought i had. So off to Lincoln Resource .com I go. http://www.lincolncentresource.com/wideams.html That's when my doubts started. No 1988 WAM. I went back to do more research. including searching CoinTalk previous threads related to this common confusion. To make a long story short; i'm going to attach pics of 4 coins. If some of the experts can just confirm that the real factor to determine if the 1988 cent has the 89 reverse is the simple curve to the G on the initials FG. Mine seem to be straight vertical indicating a coin worth exactly one cent. The part that pisses me off is i don't think this was an unintentional error on the part of the person I purchased these from. The first coin pics are one coin. The last three pictures are of 3 different coins all purchased as 1988 WAMs. How I verified this variety was attributed. (Although now i think the naming convention is misleading.) Image from CoinTalk in a previous thread: My Purchases: Coin 1 Coin 2 Coin 3 Coin 4 If i did my research correctly it looks like it got ripped off, correct? Thank you in advance for sharing your expertise.