Is This a New error Coin? 1940 Penny one side blank!

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Luis A Sanchez, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. I just started 2 months ago in to the Numesmatics world, I love Lincol Penny's
    And start talk with everybody about coins
    My supervisor given to me a couple of Penny's in a Bag and I found a 1940 wheat penny IMG_20170423_211240.jpg IMG_20170423_211555.jpg blank in the back!
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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Hello Luis,

    What you have is not a Mint Error. It is damaged. Someone somehow removed the Reverse by scratching it off.

    We call it PMD - Post Mint Damage :yack:

    The clues are as following -
    1. The lines on the surface which look like scratches
    2. There is a missing Upraised Rim like on the Obverse. Both sides should have an upraised Rim.
    3. It is impossible to have a Blank Reverse with a perfect Obverse since both sides need equal pressure to have the images appear.

  4. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    yup, PMD
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  5. billy b

    billy b Active Member

    Another fact from wikipaddia98
  6. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Not impossible, but the blank reverse won't be uniformly flat either.
  7. Alok Verma

    Alok Verma Explorer

    It appears to be a human created error.
  8. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    So.. That wouldn't be an actual error.
    It's just a human made damaged Cent.
  9. Stevearino

    Stevearino Supporter! Supporter

    Welcome to CT, Luis! Keep looking, learning, looking, get the picture.
  10. fish4uinmd

    fish4uinmd Well-Known Member

    Luis, welcome to CT...this is a Penny...what you have is a Lincoln cent.

  11. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Makes us all want to collect pennys.
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  12. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    That Penny is Choice B.U,
    and Full Red !
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  13. Thanks everybody1
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  14. Larry McClaskey

    Larry McClaskey New Member

    Luis, Do not discard this coin. I have a 1940 penny with no mint mark struck only on the face which has been in my posession since the 50s and I can say with a high degree of certainty that it has never been modified. 2 easy explainations; lower die half installed upside down or double layer of material went thru the die.
  15. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    First, welcome to the neighborhood, Larry!

    Some people may call me a skeptic, and some of them may be right! I'd like to see photos of your one-sided penny. Also, please explain how the anvil die can be installed upside-down when both ends are not the same diameter.
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  16. VistaCruiser69

    VistaCruiser69 Well-Known Member

    That's the only penny I'd absolutely love to put in my mouth.
  17. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Luis was last seen on CoinTalk November 2020.
    I bet your Cent is also altered.
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  18. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster Member of the ANA since 1982

    A few things to consider;

    1) The die CANNOT be installed upside down. Installing a die upside is the equivalent screwing in a light bulb upside down. Can't happen. Look at the attached pic from coin week and it becomes obvious.


    2) While I suppose it's not impossible for 2 planchets to enter the striking chamber and stay perfectly aligned and the top one doesn't get hung up on the collar, I would think the probability of such an occurrence is very, very low. Even if it did occur, that doesn't explain the numerous heavy scratches. Take a look at some blank planchet errors. NONE have heavy scratches because they can't occur in the blanking or upset mill processes.

    The coin in the OP had the reverse ground off after it left the mint. It's not worth hanging onto, since it couldn't occur at the mint. I would recommend taking some time to study and learn the minting process. It will make it much easier to determine true errors and varieties from damaged/altered coins

    Die making

    Brief overview of the Minting process (the video was made by the mint)
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  19. VistaCruiser69

    VistaCruiser69 Well-Known Member

    The reverse has been ground off. How thick is it? Take pix and post them showing the thickness of the coin.
  20. JCro57

    JCro57 Making Errors Great Again

    Authentic cent with one side...

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