Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Italy8686, Feb 27, 2021.
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As our fellow enthusiast notes, slight MAD and later dies state. A couple of thoughts:
Both are decent circulation finds. I am building a role set, so coins in this condition usually get added to the respective tubes (especially D mint since I'm on the East Coast and these don't come up to often in change). They look like they are probably MS specimens, but better photos would confirm that an rule out other deterring factors.
Later die state coins have common characteristics amongst the Zincolns. The substrate material (zinc) is less malleable so the flow is different than for solid copper cents. This results in shorter die life (because of attrition) and higher tool maintenance (cleaning up dies). The ridge ring is common as a result, especially for the 80's coinage where things were still be worked out, I suppose). Although the RDV for this date has narrow fonts, you can see that they appear narrower and uneven. This is especially common on the pillars in the Memorial. Thicker/thinner is quite common and set off by the proximity of an adjacent column. Add in a clash or two...they become ill defined and wobbly looking.
Both dates have the possibility of RPMs...and coins in a higher grade make a find like that more attractive. So I always look a little harder at the 'shiny pennies'
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