Error penny?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Blake Smith, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. Blake Smith

    Blake Smith New Member

    I'm new at this and know next to nothing, but I came across this penny that looks funny. Is it an error?

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  3. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's an error.

    It's been struck thru a thinning obv. die cap.

    A previous struck coin stuck to the top (hammer) die,
    and then struck, progressively, first strike blockage,
    then different stages of blockage strikes, each one
    thinning out the Die Cap on the top die - until the
    coin is so thin from striking pressure that the design
    of the die starts to show thru the 'thinning die cap' piece.

    This is a very late stage of it.

    Nice error to find in circulation -
  4. Blake Smith

    Blake Smith New Member

    Thank you very much Fred. It has probably been out of circulation for at least 20 years, likely longer. My father kept 2 of those 5 or 6 gallon glass water jugs beside his desk at home. He passed away 20 years ago but when he was living he would put his pennies in those jugs, and did it for 20 or 30 years before he died. My best estimate is in the neighborhood of 100,000 pennies. Out of boredom, I'm retired, desided to go through them a week or so ago and look for anything of value. FYI: You can't move 6 gallons of pennies in a glass carboy. When I tilted it on it's edge it literally exploded, pennies and glass everywhere. Does this penny have any value much above face?
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