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Difference Between "Struck Through Grease" And Worn Down.

 
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 Posted 01/28/2020  12:27 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add The Tin Man to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello! I've been coin collecting for about a month now and the more I learn, the more questions arise. Today I'm baffled on how to tell the difference between a coin that's been struck through grease or that has just been dulled down from years of handling. To my untrained eye they look very similar when I looked up images through Google. I have a feather weat penny I took a picture of as an example.

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 Posted 01/28/2020  12:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add montypython to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good question!

Heavily worn coins (like the Lincoln cent you posted) will have all devices about equally softened through the wear and tear.

Struck through grease will have dramatically inconsistent areas of no detail and strong detail. Additionally, almost always, only one side will be struck through grease. The other side will look normal, as my example of a 2019 quarter pulled from a box of mint-fresh War in the Pacifics illustrates.

Notice on the Washington side how strong some of the letters and words are, seemingly at random?

On the opposite side, the finer details are soft, but the main lines of the devices are still quite sharp.

Hopefully this helps!





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 Posted 01/28/2020  01:43 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Also notice how strong the rim is on the quarter obverse. The rims, like the high points on each face, receive the most wear. Weak design and strong rims usually indicate a "greaser."
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to CCF. Not a feather but wheat stalks. Also,in future posts please crop and rotate photos properly before posting...thanks.
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Nice work @mp!
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Good question!



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The more grease in the die, the weaker the devices will be. The grease prevents the die from having normal depth, reducing the height of the devices. Grease can affect one device or block out a lot from appearing:




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Damage often leaves distortion to the tops of the devices:
















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Some have asked about my images I use and I'm glad to say, you can now you can see the DVD in sections on youtube:
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Jefferson nickel doubled dies Wexler/Rebar complete listings

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