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1970 s penny, how to tell if it's large or small date?

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 Posted 10/08/2011  9:29 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add ec_13 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Hello community, if you could answer my question, that would be GREAT! How can you tell if a 1970 s lincoln penny is large or small date? I've read a few things on how, but I would like a second opinion, so please take the time to respond, thank you!

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 Posted 10/08/2011  9:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to CCF fellow Michigander. Check this link http://www.thecentproject.com/sort1970.php
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 Posted 10/08/2011  10:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ec_13 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, I can't really tell now, because the date is blurred, but i'll find out later. :)
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 Posted 10/09/2011  2:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pman860507 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
post a picture then and everyone will let you know.
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 Posted 10/09/2011  4:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add numismo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This has been posted many times before. Short of buying a SD and having it in hand, there are lots of photos on the net and this forum to help you out.
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 Posted 10/09/2011  8:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add matthewpj73 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
While most people say the biggest giveaway for a 1970 small date is the LIBERTY is faded from left to right. I personally find the date itself has the only indicator I need, and that is the relationship of the top of the 7 to the tops of the 9 and 0. Imagine a line drawn from the top of the 9 to the top of the 0. If the top of the 7 lines up with this line, then it is a small date. If the top of the 7 is below this line, then it is a large date.

That's how I can tell, and usually without magnification.
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 Posted 10/10/2011  2:16 pm  Show Profile Check coop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I always look at the bottom of the 7 in the date. If it is below the 0, then it's a large date. If not, then I look closer.

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 Posted 10/10/2011  3:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add matthewpj73 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Coop - is that small date an RPM?
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 Posted 10/10/2011  3:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hesgut to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
coop's answer pretty much sums it up.

on a related note, I find it strange that 70S SD are fairly plentiful on the market...every coin shop will have several, yet they are impossible to find in circulation. I've never found a single SD during roll searching and I live close to SF where S-minted lincolns still turn up somewhat frequently. I haven't kept a tab, but I've surely come across over 100 1970-S dated coins, all LD.....does anyone know at what frequency the SD was supposedly struck?
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 Posted 10/10/2011  10:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add coppercoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
hesgut - struck at about 40-1, but many small dates ended up in mint sets. Original distribution in circulation was more like 100-1, but that was 1970 - 41 years ago. Stands to chance that most of the small dates released into circulation have either naturally attritioned out or have been found. I can remember looking in change back in the mid 1970s finding a few 70S cents per thousand, but not many more than that - even back then.
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