Large date or small date?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Jaakie, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. Jaakie

    Jaakie New Member

    Hello everyone I would greatly appreciate it if someone can tell me if my 1982 Lincoln penny that weighs 3.10 grams. Can someone help me distinguish if it's a large date or small date I've done the size comparison but I'm still a little bit doubtful.Have a great day thank you!

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  3. Handyman

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  4. Handyman

    Handyman Active Member

    Large date
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  5. Handyman

    Handyman Active Member

    Sorry for the duplicate couldn't get the picture to load on the first one. LOL
  6. capthank

    capthank Well-Known Member

    Without this guide I can never distinguish the difference
  7. Jaakie

    Jaakie New Member

    Lol...Thank you!
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  9. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    On the small date the 2 is very delicate like the neck of a swan, the 8 is in a snowman shape and it is far from the rim. In the large date the 2 is sloppy, and
    it is very close to the rim.
    1982small-353x252.jpg large date.jpg 1982-varieties-revised.jpg
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  10. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    @Michael K

    Thank You! Thank you! your explanation of large date vs small date FINALLY made it click in my head! I was able to go through my 1982 D's I had set aside and sort through them. Found 3 Small date (all zincs) . But now I can tell the difference at a glance! Thank You!
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  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Large date as stated.
  12. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    I've never liked the use of the terms "near" and "far" because "How near is near?" "How far is far?" Whenever possible I like to give some kind of a quick way to visually judge the distances. It is also helpful if you only have one coin and you can't make a comparison between them. My description for the small date is if you look at the width of the base of the 2, you could fit the base of another 2 in between it and the rim (see above). On the large date the distance from the base of the 2 to the rim is about HALF the width of the base. (again see above.) So if the distance from the base of the 2 to the rim is equal to the width of the base of the 2 it's a small date. If it is half the width of the base of the 2 it's a large date.
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