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1946 1c What Happened To This Lincoln Cent? Mint Error Or Post Mint?

 
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 Posted 03/25/2020  10:38 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Vindex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
When I search a penny roll I would put the nasty looking pre-1983 pennies in a bag for the day when it is legal to repurpose them. For some reason I decided to look through the bag and I found this 1946 with damage on the portrait. The irony is I made the mistake of not looking on the reverse. I thought the coin had been damaged post mint so why bother. I think I know what happened, I just don't know if it is possible. How did this coin get the numbers 1 and 20 stamped on the reverse?






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 Posted 03/25/2020  10:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lawest to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a counter stamp, are the numbers incuse or raised. Also a picture of the obverse would help provide a better response
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 Posted 03/25/2020  10:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a coins from Mexico on the Centavos. The Wheat cent is a damaged coin with a counter punch used on the coin. The opposite side will show a push out opposite the punchings.

The incuse mark on one side will push out on the other side.
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 Posted 03/26/2020  04:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lcutler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Does look like someone just stamped a "20" into it.
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 Posted 03/26/2020  08:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Vindex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes it is incuse. And it does look counter stamped. What is interesting is that both of the numbers match up with the numbers from the 1946 Equador Centavos. 1946 was the last year of Philadelphia minting the centavos. Is it possible that this counter stamping was done at the mint?
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Given the photos posted, yes, it appears someone outside the mint stamped the number onto the reverse. If you're so inclined, save it as a fun piece.
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Yes it is incuse. The obverse is the last image in the group (accidental omission) Is it possible that it was counter struck at the mint? Both numbers for the 10 centavos (10) and the twenty (20) match up with the 1946 Equador Centavos. Also, 1946 was the last year Philadelphia minted coins for Equador.
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 Posted 03/26/2020  11:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add river4449 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It certainly is post-mint damage, and I agree with a counter-stamp. They're super fun to look for, I've found 1976 cents with American flag and liberty bell counter-stamps!

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 Posted 03/26/2020  5:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lcutler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No chance this was done at the mint.
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