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What is this on my 1948 penny...?

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wert
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 Posted 01/19/2012  4:13 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add wert to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Hi guys

Can anyone explain what this is on my 1948 penny...?





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 Posted 01/19/2012  4:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ugly to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a die crack to me. Maybe a Zoell error guy can tell us where this falls.
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 Posted 01/19/2012  4:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wert to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ugly...Almost looks like some one welded across the penny so to speak...!
Would be interesting if it is in any books as an error/variety...
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 Posted 01/19/2012  4:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littlemoney to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Die crack
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 Posted 01/19/2012  5:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ugly to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wert, when a coin die develops a crack, it spreads under pressure when it hits the face of the coin. This is what you are seeing. Your comment about it looking like a weld is interesting because superficially it does look like that. The spot where the die crack is displayed on your coin is a primary area where I'd expect one to develop, from a denticle to a design element (bust in this case).

This era of coins features many variations and many were catalogued by a man named Hans Zoell and you can buy a Charlton-Zoell variety catalogue.

Considering your interest in finding and examining these types of coins, I recommend that you get one.
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 Posted 01/19/2012  6:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wert to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Ugly...I will look into that.
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 Posted 01/19/2012  6:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DvntMstr to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Its a die crack, commonly referred to as a neck snake and its fairly common on the pennies from 37-52 l have several years showing this
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 Posted 01/19/2012  7:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wert to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks DvntMstr and guys....Die crack it is...
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 Posted 01/19/2012  8:22 pm  Show Profile Check Barrie's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Barrie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wert: I had the same issue a short time back... and this was a response from a community member:
Quote from pgrinh:
Your bottom picture is Zoell variety number L72d. There are three total listed 1948 one cent Zoell varieties Bust to rim, none of which match your top picture..... This is a particularly prone area to Die Cracks for all denominations of the George VI coins.
Hope this helps.
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 Posted 01/23/2012  9:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dvereckis to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
hear is a pic of a 1951 I have that is cracked in the same general area.
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 Posted 01/23/2012  9:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wert to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I see that Dvereckis ....Yours looks like what I thought a crack should look like...Mine looks more like some one welded the penny together (if you know what I mean).
Nice coin you have there....I will have to keep my eyes open for cracks in coins from the mid 40's to mid 50's.
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 Posted 01/23/2012  10:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dvereckis to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a 1943 tombac V nickle with a crack that is half fine and half welded looking give me a couple minutes to take a pic.
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 Posted 01/23/2012  10:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wert to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Dvereckis...That is a loooooong die crack, and a nice one at that...Will have to look at my 1943/44/45 coins.
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 Posted 01/23/2012  10:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dvereckis to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thats nothing compared to a 1964 penny I have. I'm not sure if the long cracks and missing chips might make it a shattered die though.
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 Posted 01/24/2012  3:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SteveInCanada to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, that '64 is very interesting. Nice pick.
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