My beautiful 1943 steel penny. What's under the "E"?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Myka Gilliam, Sep 26, 2023.

  1. Myka Gilliam

    Myka Gilliam Newbie hobbyist, just trying to gain knowledge

    In the top half of the E i noticed a curved line . Is that a number? Also how would that error happen and is that doubling on the letters? I always think it is then find out im still wrong lol. And will the answers effect the value very much? TYIA 20230923_152540.jpg 20230923_152540.jpg 20230923_151533.jpg 20230923_151429.jpg
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  3. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    From the image, it looks to have been processed/plated.
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  4. Myka Gilliam

    Myka Gilliam Newbie hobbyist, just trying to gain knowledge

    Is there a way to find out for sure if it has been or not
  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    The reprocessing of Zinc Coated Steel Planchet Cents causes that doubling appearance.

    It's not a Doubled Die variety.
  6. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    A quick way is to look at the edge. Processed coins have the edge plated as well. An unplated, original coin will show the edge in its natural state.
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  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I’m thinking it was reprocessed. There appears to be a few marks on Lincoln abs it looks to me like they are too shiny.
  8. Insider

    Insider Talent on loan from...

    YES, its color. After you see enough of them it will become very easy. That's because women usually have a better eye for detail than men.

    The reflection in your image is causing the edge to look like copper. Another image of the edge with color as good as the obverse or reverse would be great.
    In general, 1943 cents start out as brilliant silver gray and deteriorate from there until they turn gray (as your image shows) or dark gray. If the coin is shiny, it is replated or polished.
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  9. desertgem

    desertgem Senior Errer Collecktor

    Another edge photo from me.
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