one coin with large and small 9s

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Teran, Oct 27, 2020.

  1. Teran

    Teran Member

    I found this 1959 old one penny coin and noticed that the first 9 is a large and the second one is a small date 9! How could it happen?

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  3. paddyman98

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    Top of the first 9 took a hit. Circulation damage.
  4. cpm9ball

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    The coin has been in circulation for 61 years. Wear and tear has taken its toll.
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  5. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Die polishing could also reduce the size of one of the 9's.
  6. Teran

    Teran Member

    But not the shape!
  7. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Understanding how dies are made, is the key to knowing that you don't have a large 9 and a small 9 on the same coin. The Mint starts with a Master Hub, which is used to make Master dies, which are used to make working hubs, which are then used to make lots of working dies. The working die strikes the coin. The date is added before the working die step, so if they used a different size/style for the numbers, it would be on many dies and therefore, a whole lot of coins.

    The people answering your post are knowledgeable of the minting and die making process. That's why they can correctly say that your coin is not an error or variety.
  8. Teran

    Teran Member

    Actually, I did check in coin selling sites for 1959 and I noticed a lot of coins like that almost all of them except a few!
  9. cpm9ball

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    Exactly how many of the 1.2 billion 1959-D Lincoln cents did you check?
  10. Teran

    Teran Member

    read again!
  11. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    I don't need to read again! You're exaggerating!
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