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Lincoln Cent Possibly Smuggled Out By Some Mint Employee?

 
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 Posted 09/27/2018  11:39 pm  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
From what I understand, coins are chosen at random from batches to test for quality control. One-off errors like this are much more likely to sneak their way through into Mint bags (especially then) than, for example, an extreme die clash where every single coin in the batch shows the error.
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 Posted 09/28/2018  02:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As a parallel, I have a British Penny that is about 60 % of the correct weight.

The Tower Mint in London was being closed down, because the new Royal Mint facility in Llanstrisant Wales, was to be the new location.

Employees at the old Mint facility in London did not want to move to Wales, and protested about effectively loosing their job.

As a protest, they deliberately made lots of gross errors.
They were collected from the minting presses, and simply thrown over the perimeter wall of the old London Mint, to be picked up by passers by in the surrounding streets outside the Mint.

My British error penny happens to be one of these.
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 Posted 07/23/2019  8:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

I came across another very similar piece today.





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 Posted 07/23/2019  11:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That might just be the most offset strike I've ever seen!
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 Posted 07/24/2019  12:14 am  Show Profile   Check Errers and Varietys's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Errers and Varietys to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lucky Cuss, that's a very nice Off Center Strike!
More information about Die Deterioration? http://goccf.com/t/317950
Retired U.S. Mint Coin Die Set information. http://goccf.com/t/302961
1973 D Lincoln Memorial cent With Recurring Die Subsidence Error Information. http://goccf.com/t/304624
Machine Doubling tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/332421
Die states progression on coins. Scroll down, so you can see the different die state progressions. http://goccf.com/t/325638
Die Deterioration Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/336470
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 Posted 07/24/2019  02:23 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That looks like it could transition to guitar pick very easily.
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 Posted 07/24/2019  06:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Big-Kingdom to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My theory on these type of things was they could be found in mint sewn bags back in the day. They got through at the mint and shipped to the federal reserve banks. At this point though, they are shipped by the hundreds of thousands of coins in Ballistic bags on metal pallets to armored carriers for rolling and distribution.

I happen to think that's how more of these have turned up in the last foew decades in pristine examples. The armored carriers are pulling the rejects from their machines and putting them on the market instead of them getting destroyed as defective along the way. Even the fed when they were doing the sorting and rolling would save them and return them to the mint as defective/damaged for destruction when they found them, but since the armored carriers took over distribution I think they play a good roll in how so many are now out there for sale.

Anyways, that's what I think is happening. The mint strikes billions and wouldn't care. The Fed would want the credit for the defective pennies and send them back. But the armored carriers I could see those employees making switch outs and taking the rolling machine rejects home to sell as mint error and supplement their income... as long as nothing is missing I don't think anyone would care.
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