Damage or Error - 1945 Lincoln cent

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by RBurk, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. RBurk

    RBurk Active Member

    Any ideas? Front of coin is undamaged. This looks like it may have happened during the mint process but I've never seen anything like it before.

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  3. cpm9ball

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    First, welcome to the neighborhood!

    Please explain to me how you think the die was created to produce this coin.

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  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    DEFDAM - Definitely Damaged all the way!

    Not a mint error! Some mean person scraped your Cent.

    You beat me to the post by seconds!
  5. cpm9ball

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    That's how the RNG in a slot machine works, too. I got pretty good at following people on a machine and hitting a large payout when they left.

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  6. RBurk

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    I can't explain it. It definitely looks scratched, but there are areas where it looks like the metal moved yet left the original features somewhat in tact but moved. Also, a couple of areas (the blobs below the S in States) that look more melted than scratched. I can't come up with a scenario in my mind that would make it a mint error, but it does not look like a typical scratched penny either.
  7. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Somebody has carved a very stylized AA (initials perhaps?) with an engraver/dremel type tool.
  8. RBurk

    RBurk Active Member

    Possible, but I still can't figure out a couple of aspects of it. Look at the way the D in united and the T in states appear to be elongated and distorted. To me, it looks like it may have been done with something hot enough to actually melt the scratches into the coin. Strange for sure...
  9. RBurk

    RBurk Active Member

    Anyway, I found another interesting one. This pretty much has to be machine doubling, but what a dramatic version of it. It only appears on the date. Comments please?

    1957 machine doubled date.jpg . It
  10. cpm9ball

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    There are all kinds of ways that coin metal, especially on pennies, can be moved around in circulation. Sometimes it's intentional, but this looks more like "road rash" to me. So, it wouldn't be any big deal if the Mint goofed and created an RPM or DDO on this cent. No! The Mint employees didn't sit around a campfire and melt the letters like they would a marshmallow. It is in such bad shape that it needs to be put out of its misery. You can conjure up all sorts of things, but it is not a Mint error.

  11. RBurk

    RBurk Active Member

    Thanks Chris, I am convinced it's no error.

    When I said it looked like it may have been melted I was not trying to imply that it was done at the mint, but I do think it was probably intentional. I don't think it was road rash - I've seen too many of those, plus the obverse has absolutely no damage. It's probable that road rash would have damaged both sides - at least to some degree.

    Also, the 1957 pictured above is a different coin. No damage either side.
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