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1935 P Lincoln Cent With A Special Finish?

 
 
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 Posted 10/14/2019  9:00 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add DirtyPenny88 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi! So I have a 1935 p Lincoln cent. I've never had a penny with this yellow color and texture/finish, and I read that there was a certain type of finish in 1936 that was super shiny.

I took some close up pictures, certain areas where it looks like numbers/letters too (I always think I see them lol).

Really, it's the color/texture that makes me question this penny, the pictures do not capture the dramatic difference in color from my other pennies. I need a new scale or batteries, but it weighs 3.2 g

Let me know if you think this is a planchet error or special finish or just a regular 1935! Thank you!




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 Posted 10/14/2019  9:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add QuarterHoarder72 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Heavily cleaned. Not a special finish.
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 Posted 10/14/2019  9:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DirtyPenny88 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Okie thanks, ya I am not sure how to tell if coins have been cleaned! So thanks :)

Do you see what I mean by the letters on the reverse that look like "barge" and the numbers on the obverse that look like "2353"?

Sometimes damage really looks like numbers to me >.<
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 Posted 10/14/2019  10:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree this has been severely polished. Try to familiarize yourself with the detail on a mint-state coin!



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 Posted 10/15/2019  09:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Or it could have been lacquered.
In the earlier days of collecting coin surfaces were often preserved by being coated in lacquer.
The result was a shinier looking finish.
Describe it as if there were no picture.
Picture it as if there were no description.
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 Posted 10/15/2019  10:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add HGK3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
One of the best tips for learning to evaluate coins someone gave me was to learn what the "high spots" are for each coin.

These are the areas that stick up from the coin the most and as a result will be the first to show wear and reduced detail.

In LWC on the obverse the ear, the hair and the bow tie are some of the first areas to look at to see how much wear there is, and when you look at those spots on this coin you can see the detail on all three is severely diminished. That means the coins has undergone significant circulation wear.

However, when a coin has undergone significant wear AND still has a bright shiny finish, that makes it much more likely that the coin's surface has been cleaned or altered.

As to the color of the coin, most of the available cleaning products will alter the color of the coin to some degree because copper is such a reactive metal.
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 Posted 10/15/2019  6:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DirtyPenny88 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow thank you to all! I appreciate you guys because I dont know anyone who collects and rely heavily on the internet, thank you for all the input, I need it and put it to good use :)
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