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1957 D LWC - Struck Through, Planchet Error, PMD?

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 Posted 04/01/2019  9:07 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add HGK3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Trying to figure this one out and would like some expert opinions.

At first glance, I thought it was PMD caused by someone scratching or gouging the coin, but on closer inspection the lines are too fine and too even in depth for this to have been done by hand.

All of the lines appear to radiate from the center of the coin, or at least cross through the center, but not from a center point. Most of them come from the area of Lincolns neck just above his collar and under the ear, but a few (not many) miss that and go above, below or to either side.

The lines are definitely incuse and not stains and some of them go up to the rim while other look like the cross it, but not with as much depth as on the fields. Also, many of the lines appear to stop right before the rim.

Plus, it's both the obverse and reverse with a similar pattern (looks identical, but can't say for sure).

I don't see any crossing lines that would indicate a woven fabric type material was involved, and the incuse nature of the lines suggests no acid or etching chemical was involved.

Thanks for your time,


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 Posted 04/01/2019  9:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can't imagine how this isn't PMD, but with that said, I have no idea how it was done. I'm very interested to see what others think about this one.
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 Posted 04/01/2019  10:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Looks PMD to me too as I can't see how it was done during
the striking of the coin. Looks ground but how do you get
radial lines from grinding.
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 Posted 04/01/2019  10:48 pm  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
Definitely Post Strike Damage ( PSD). Maybe fire was used to cause the damage?
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 Posted 04/02/2019  10:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just a Wheat cent now. The damage has already been done.
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