Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Insider, May 12, 2021.
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Edit: . . . I've reconsidered coin number two . . . I see die lines continuing through the suspicious looking field surrounding the mintmark, and believe this coin to be strange looking, but unaltered.
The area around the O looks hazy or smoothed, I'm guessing that one is bad.
The "O" is surrounded by an unnaturally smooth periphery in the field that does not match the field outside that periphery. If this is a "glued-on" mintmark it looks pretty well done since I cannot detect any traces of glue or join mark. Of course, it is possible that a "D" or "S" mintmark was removed and the area smoothed before the "O" was added.
The "D" likewise is surrounded by a field that completely differs in appearance from the fields outside that periphery. In this case, it looks like a two-stage field. Very close to the MM is an area to the top and right side that looks markedly different than the area further away. The whole affected area has a crude look to it. And the MM itself looks worn/damaged more than the visible devices would indicate is appropriate.
Good pickup @expat. I missed that.
You are looking at reflected light that makes a genuine coin look MD.
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