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1942 S Lincoln Wheat Cent - Reverse Struck Through?

 
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 Posted 12/04/2021  01:07 am Show Profile   Check tropicalbats's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add tropicalbats to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Well I am just totally open to suggestions on whether this is damage, a struck through, or something else I haven't even considered.

The coin has clearly been mishandled, and Lincoln looks like he's off to Mardi Gras, but the obverse doesn't show very much wear. The reverse, well...

Opinions welcome. Edges are flat, not rounded, and weight is 3.13g

1942-S Lincoln Wheat cent - reverse whatzit



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 Posted 12/04/2021  01:20 am  Show Profile   Check sheldius's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add sheldius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a tough on TB. The wear on the reverse rim would have me putting it in the "consider PMD but hang on to it" pile.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  06:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mrwhatisit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ha this is a whatzit... Well, I am leaning to say a major Greaser here but not 100%, since I can see some detail in the left wheat stalk. So based on the obverse, it looks in the VF grading category.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  07:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
First reaction is Greaser, however, the soft rim smells of post strike issues--2x2 worthy in my book.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  08:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll go with a greased up die - seeing how the coin weighs in a little heavy. That amount of wear would not put on weight, but remove it. So in my estimation all the copper it went into the striking chamber is still there.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  08:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add -makecents- to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Abe has a Jonah Hex looking thing going on there.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  12:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sarge50 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Greaser/Weak Strike? I'd card it!
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 Posted 12/04/2021  1:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1. A device shortened by grease, with show the outer edges as wider. Note all the reverse devices are showing the widening, so I feel a lot of grease was the issue with the reverse design. Note the tops of the rim are showing some flattening, but I feel that is just circulation wear. If the coin was altered by sanding the rims would be the first place to notice. this. Weight is normal, so not a thinned planchet issue or a lamination issue.
2. The cheek looks like damage to the coin. But that is what I'm seeing on this one with my detective skills.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  1:56 pm  Show Profile   Check tropicalbats's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add tropicalbats to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks all! Seems like it's settling in as a Struck Through Grease.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  2:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinHI to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like this whatzit.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  8:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Petespockets55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Certainly looks like the reverse die was really packed with grease to weaken the details so much. And being packed that tightly into the die devices might also hamper the rims from striking up fully (like most greasers do).
IMHO, the way the reverse letters are touching the rim is making me think Die Deterioration is coming into play as well. Grease wouldn't cause that "collision".
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