Wood grain 1925 Lincoln.

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by volker00, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. volker00

    volker00 Coin Collecting Noob

    Here is a 1925 Lincoln cent I came across. I believe that this specimen is an example of wood graining -- although the odd colors could be from cleaning, I suppose. I will let the experts decide. It's sorta hard to tell from the pics, but the grains are aligned in the same direction on both sides.


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  3. rlm's cents

    rlm's cents Numismatist

    Nice coin, but my guess is that that coin has not been cleaned. Colors of the woodies can be all over the map. Try this one.

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  4. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes?

  5. TheBigH

    TheBigH Senior Member

    There are some crazy alloy mixes on those teens and '20s Lincolns.
  6. volker00

    volker00 Coin Collecting Noob

    Nice coin, RLM! It makes me want to get mine slabbed...

    TheBIGH, yes, I agree. I went back to look at my wheaties and I noticed a few more 25's that had wood graining. One had the same orientation as the one I posted, another was more vertical.
  7. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    I'd say it has original surfaces.
    Nice coin.
    I like coins with "personality".
  8. mark_h

    mark_h Somewhere over the rainbow

    Nice coin no matter what. I like the looks of it.
  9. ICollectCoins

    ICollectCoins Junior Member

    I love Woodies. I didn't like them when I was young, but have matured into my current stance. Thanks very much for sharing the picture!
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  10. rlm's cents

    rlm's cents Numismatist

    Just to make sure, that 1925- is not my coin, but one that was posted here some time ago. I wish it were mine. I definitely caught my attention.
  11. majorbigtime

    majorbigtime New Member

    It's nice to have a woodie!
  12. snaz

    snaz Registry fever

    Very nice Volker, although beware. TPG's seem to grade tougher on Woodies.
  13. volker00

    volker00 Coin Collecting Noob

    Thanks for all the feedback everyone.

    Snaz - thanks for the advice. I actually probably won't get it slabbed, since I doubt I will ever sell it. I'm just looking for an excuse to slab my first coin.

    Also, I've heard this effect referred to as wood grain toning. From what I understand, this effect is caused by the alloy mixture not being mixed correctly, or something like that. That would be different than toning, which is caused by oxidation or exposure to some other environmental agent. Am I getting this right?
  14. rlm's cents

    rlm's cents Numismatist

    Well, sort of. You are correct about both the toning and the alloy mixing. However, the alloy mixing does not show up until the coin begins to oxidize. Thus, it is the different rates of oxidizing that make the graining show up.
  15. volker00

    volker00 Coin Collecting Noob

    Gotcha. I didn't know it didn't show up until after the coin begins to oxidize. It all makes sense now. Thanks!
  16. snaz

    snaz Registry fever

    learn something new everyday.
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