Does anyone know if this is a mint error by chance?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by CASEY MOMA, Nov 20, 2019.


    CASEY MOMA The Newbie

    7639B1AE-8B23-40E4-B250-1CB62D5539B7.jpeg B9857A09-FD61-4359-85B6-25C7EA906DF2.jpeg View attachment 1025406 View attachment 1025405 My husband found this penny the other day, and it’s missing a few pieces of metal out of the center area, and am curious if anyone knows if it might be a mint error, or if it’s a man made mistake? I knew to come to you guys first, you have always gave me great advice! Thank you so much!
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  3. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    When I clicked on your attachments (both of them) I received a Coin Talk-error message. Can you please post jpeg images as an attachment to your post. Or, if you know why they can't be opened, please correct the problem. I'd love to see your coins. Thank you.

    CASEY MOMA The Newbie

    I’m so sorry I was trying to edit the pictures to be able to see them better, they should be accessible now I hope. Thank you for taking the time to look, I really appreciate it a lot
  5. Handyman

    Handyman Active Member

    Imo your coin appears to damaged not a mint error.
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    CASEY MOMA The Newbie

    Really? I wonder if that’s the case what could have done something like that? Crazy.
  7. Handyman

    Handyman Active Member

    Only the coin would no but if you research the minting process and how the coins are made then you might have a better understanding.jmo
  8. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Hello and welcome to CoinTalk.
    Your 1985 Cent is made of a Copper plated zinc planchet. Something came into contact with the surface and erroded part of the copper and continued into the zinc core. Probably Acid.
    That is not any kind of mint error :(
  9. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    My thought as well!

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  10. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    Spend it, quickly
  11. coinsareus10

    coinsareus10 Well-Known Member

    Don't feed it after midnight...J/K
  12. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    It would have caught my eye also Casey. With the obverse so clean and the reverse like it is, I might suspect a controlled experiment of some type, but after it left the mint. Acid would be my guess also. I suspect the obverse was cleaned up afterwards. The who and why will forever be a mystery.
  13. John Dunkle

    John Dunkle New Member

    Looks like it was done with a welding torch.

    CASEY MOMA The Newbie

    Thank you so very much you guys! I really appreciate the feedback as always, and I Honestly would be lost on here without everyone’s help! Sorry it has taken me a minute to get back on here, I’ve been working so much this last week, and haven't had a moment to breathe it seems. Although it stinks that its not something as great as I hoped, but I’m okay with it being just what it is, because I tend to be persistent and dedicated when I have a goal at hand, and I’ll be d$@!*# if I go without ever finding that perfect coin for my collection lol
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  15. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

  16. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Look for 99 WAM
  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Looks like it was eaten away by some form of acid. It's damaged. I'd save it because it's only one cent and you can see the core rotting away already.
  18. MatrixMP-9

    MatrixMP-9 Well-Known Member

    Acid. Copper and zinc are good heat conductors and the area around it would have been damaged even with a pin point flame. Its got a nice perimeter as if acid was dropped on those 2 spots and then neutralized or something before going all the way through. Cool PMD.
  19. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    The zinc cents are very cheap (in comparison to 95% copper coins).
    And they react to all kinds of things and disintegrate easily.
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