Trying to see if my coin has value 1968 steel stamped penny

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  1. RFC

    RFC New Member

    I have what appears to a steel penny year 1968 and has a stamp on it

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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Your coin is a Masonic counterstamped cent. It is not steel. It was plated after being minted. Looking at ebay recent sales, you "may" get a dollar or two from the right buyer.
  4. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    A lot of folks collect these. There are many different designs. There are some threads about them on this site.
  5. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    Your coin has a Shriner's counterstamp on it, Sorry, but not Masonic symbol.
  6. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    D'oh. My bad.
  7. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Damaged twice.
  8. MeowtheKitty

    MeowtheKitty Well-Known Member

    Meow found one recently that had the state of Illinois stamped on it.
  9. Santinidollar

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    Those can still be found on eBay. A long-running gimmick.
  10. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    These counterstamps were created by a retired employee of the Philly Mint.

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  12. MeowtheKitty

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  14. alurid

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  15. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    No! It's just that this topic comes up a lot. So, when someone posted this image of the state counterstamps, I saved it for times just like this.

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  16. Burton Strauss III

    Burton Strauss III Supporter! Supporter

    Never could tell them apart w/o a scorecard. Something about funny hats and hospitals IIRC.
  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's known as a novelty coin. Many different designs exist. There is a market for them but they are most a low value. Neat that you found it in change.

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  18. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    PS. Not steel but copper. It's been plated to look steel and that is considered damaged.
  19. JeffC

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  20. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    No guessing necessary if you know the shape of each state when it is backwards. The only two that might be a toss-up would be Wyoming and Colorado unless you are smart enough to know that...…...

    Aw, shucks! I'll let you figure that out.:hilarious::hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:

  21. Neal

    Neal Well-Known Member

    In the picture it's easy because they are in alphabetical order. On a cent it would be harder, but it appears the stamps are precise enough to tell with careful measurement. The length of the southern border divided by the length of the northern border for the two states is greater for Wyoming than for Colorado because the eastern and western borders are drawn along the lines of longitude (meridians), which come closer together as they approach the poles.
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