What the heck happened to make this 1982 penny like this?

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Lady D, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. Lady D

    Lady D Member

    Not sure why this penny is so weird. Is this just a very damaged penny or is it something of value?

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  3. Exodus_gear

    Exodus_gear Well-Known Member

    Road Rash
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  4. NOS

    NOS Former Coin Hoarder

    This coin took some extended hits on the road and was left for a time in the elements giving it this dirty and yet slightly oxidized natural look. The coin has a value of one cent although some collectors like holding onto coins such as this.
  5. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    Your first inclination was correct . . . .
  6. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    It sure displays its brutal existence for 38 years, but on the plus side, it's not a Zincoln, so it will be around for a long time (if it doesn't get into more trouble :smuggrin:). And, it's holding its value: $.01 :happy:;)
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  7. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    Once you understand and see enough instances of road rash the damage will all make sense ... or cents ...

    if you google "penny cent road rash" you'll see many examples.
    Of course, since a road
    (a) has various coarseness of surface;
    (b) various coarseness of debris;
    (c) various things running it over;
    (d) various other environmental impacts,
    the result upon its removal from that environment can thus vary greatly.
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  8. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    Run over by a Kenworth.
  9. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Long time parking lot resident. NAV, just one ugly coin.
  10. Lady D

    Lady D Member

    I think I’ll keep it. Lol
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  11. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    Just a very damaged penny
  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's just a very damaged Cent.
  13. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    It is only worth the education you received on PMD or post mint damage. Adds absolutely no other value. So it is a spender. Going forward you should know that anything like this is not worth the time to photograph and post because the education value is now used up on this one.
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  14. Lady D

    Lady D Member

    that is how I learn by asking stupid questions.
  15. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Your question was not stupid. But if you don't understand the answer, let us know so we can clarify. Any damage inflicted on coins once they leave the minting chamber do not add value to the coin. Damaged coins are not errors or varieties. Most mint errors do not add much value either. Varieties can be valuable.

    Happy hunting!
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