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Strange Metal Bumps On A 1991-D Lincoln Cent.

 
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 Posted 06/29/2018  1:22 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add SawtoothJack to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Found this strange 1991 US cent with these weird bumps all over it in a roll search (finally found that presentable 2017-P for my album by the way). Tried to get good closeups of the raised metal lumps. What you're seeing in the photos is a 20x to 40x zoom of the field on the obverse. Looks kinda like ole' Abe is sneezing. #129315; I'm leaning towards PMD, maybe from heat or chemicals, but it could be a mint error. As we all know, Quality control has certainly let bigger goofs slip by in the past.
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 Posted 06/29/2018  1:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Zinc rot. Copper plating is detaching from interior zinc.
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 Posted 06/29/2018  1:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SawtoothJack to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Makes sense. One spot on the reverse actually looks like a volcano.
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 Posted 06/29/2018  1:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SawtoothJack to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for your help. I'd never even heard of zinc rot before.
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 Posted 06/29/2018  2:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I'd never even heard of zinc rot before.


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 Posted 06/29/2018  3:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nfine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have to ask, how can you tell anything from those images?
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 Posted 06/29/2018  4:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bubbly surface + date = zinc rot. Photo is good enough to see that.
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 Posted 06/29/2018  4:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
At first I thought it was something from the Mars Rover, but now it makes sense.
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 Posted 06/29/2018  6:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mark1959 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's just a close up of lizard skin!


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 Posted 06/30/2018  5:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Plating bubbles, normal:


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These are called Plating Bubbles. It's very common on Copper plated Zinc planchets. http://www.error-ref.com/blisteredplating/
More information about Die Deterioration? http://goccf.com/t/317950
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1973 D Lincoln Memorial cent With Recurring Die Subsidence Error Information. http://goccf.com/t/304624
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 Posted 07/11/2018  08:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Similar bubbles found on many pennies from the 80's to 90's. Mint was still learning how to plate coins I guess.
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It's just some plating bubbles. Doesn't increase the value of the coin.
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Zincoln zits!

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 Posted 07/17/2018  07:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SawtoothJack to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
More like Lincoln snots. Looks just like he just let loose a nose shower, and probably had to clean the first beard afterwards.
(I also have one that looks like Lincoln has a Mohawk)
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