Defaced Copper-Nickel 1863 (?) Indian Head Cent

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by The Eidolon, May 7, 2021.

  1. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    Here's an oddity--someone deliberately appears to have scratched off the last digit of this Indian Head cent. It's the thick, copper-nickel type (4.43 g), so it must be a Civil War era type (1860-64). It's hard to tell, but I think the effaced digit is a 3. Maybe someone was unhappy about something from the Civil War which happened in 1863?
    Any speculations welcomed. It's a fun piece of history, even if the coin doesn't have much value with the date partially obliterated.
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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    Yes, that's definitely a 3 . :(
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  4. William F

    William F Well-Known Member

    That coin has seen better days...:oops:
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  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I may be mistaken but that does not look like scratches to me. It looks like a lamination detached itself from that area and took the last digit with it.
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