Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Heather821, Sep 14, 2018.


Error or damaged

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  1. Heather821

    Heather821 New Member

    Was wondering if y'all can help me with these penny. Was wondering if they are errors or damaged?

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  3. Dave363

    Dave363 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to Cointalk
    Your coins appears to be damaged not mint errors.
  4. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Sorry, but they were all damaged after they left the mint. Spend 'em
  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    Damaged Cents

    Penny - Singular
    Pennies - Plural

    Peace :angelic:
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  6. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Or they can call them what they are and that is "Cents".
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  7. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    You would not believe what some bored people will do to coins
  8. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    I told the story before but for a new member it might be worth reading again.

    When I was in army basic training in 1965, the vending machines for candy and soft drinks on the base would not accept dimes. That's because basic recruits and trainees were known to file cents down to the size of dimes, and this despite the fact that training started at dawn and went to sundown, then lights out at 10:00, when would they have the time?

    Of course that would be like getting a 90% discount on your coke or root beer, and since all of the machines near the barracks sold the soft drinks for 5¢, that means you would be making money every time you put your filed-down cent into the machine. I often wondered where these guys got their files, too.
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  9. Bert Gedin

    Bert Gedin Well-Known Member

    Seems like those recruits and trainees were very basic. Filing cents down into "dimes" would be risking a lot. Were those guys gamblingaholics ??? As for where those files appeared from, if I knew, LA_Geezer, I would gladly tell you !!!
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  10. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Where they got their files? Any concrete around? Works just as well.
  11. MisterWD

    MisterWD Active Member

    Filing a cent down to dime size would require a lot of danged work for a gain of $.09. In the mid sixties minimum wage was $1.35.That means one would have had to do fifteen per hour just to make minimum wage. You'd have to make it smaller in diameter and thinner too. And I doubt that it would work even then because vending machines, even back in the fifties and sixties, do a bounce test to insure the coin is made of the right material. These days most machines even weigh the coins. Other than that it's a pretty good story.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
  12. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    And true to the point, thanks to the warnings of punishment if caught around the post, Fort Jackson, SC.

    As for time, some of us slept after Lights Out, others smoked and joked in the latrine, the only place in the barracks where lighting was allowed after 22:00.
  13. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Or wrote to loved ones. Thanks for your service. My loved one never made it back. My heart goes out to all vets. I keep telling myself that all our losses were just. I really do believe that!!!
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    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

  15. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Welcome to CT Heather. If the first two coins shown are different coins, it would appear that the damage was from a coin roll machine. When the coin is on the very end, the machine that crimps the paper roll often damages that coin.
  16. LakeEffect

    LakeEffect Average Circulated

    I bet with a bench grinder and a pair of vice-grips to hold the coin one could make a dime slug in about a minute.
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