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2003 Penny Question About Weight

 
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 Posted 09/08/2020  3:14 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Skladnik to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello everyone. Please, give me an advice. I have one penny of 2003, which weighs exactly 3.7995 grams, which is 6.73% more than the optimal coin weighing 3.56 grams. That's a pretty big deviation from tolerance, isn't it? Please do not know what value this coin could have?
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 Posted 09/08/2020  4:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 09/10/2020  12:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Skladnik to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Jbuck: thanks :-)
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 Posted 09/10/2020  1:53 pm  Show Profile   Check PaddyB's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add PaddyB to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I haven't responded to this query before because I feel a bit short of information. Could you post pictures of the coin? I don't know of any reason why a Royal Mint coin should be so far off specification and maybe the pictures will give some clue.
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Ok. Thanks. Here are the pictures

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I can't see anything obviously wrong with it, so I can't explain the weight difference. How does the thickness compare with a normal one? (Pictures side by side would be best.) Have you checked the calibration of the scales?

If all these check out, it is an anomaly. Whether it is worth more than usual is debatable - British collectors are not as much into "error" coins as the Americans, particularly when it is an error in the minting process rather than in the dies used. On top of that you have to persuade potential buyers that this is a significant error, which may be tricky when all you have to show is the weight. It may be the only way you can discover the value is to list it on Ebay at auction with all the information and pictures you can and see where it ends up. My guess is the best you may get is a few pounds.
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 Posted 09/10/2020  3:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Skladnik to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the advice. Weighing was performed on three different scales. All reported about 3.8 grams. The most accurate (used in the laboratory) weighed 3.7995 grams. Here is a picture of the thickness. On the left is a heavy coin.
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 Posted 09/10/2020  5:04 pm  Show Profile   Check PaddyB's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add PaddyB to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
OK - thanks for that. There probably is a slight difference in thickness but difficult to see with the naked eye. I suspectit was struck on an incorrectly prepared sheet of metal, so there are probably more from the same batch.
So we have to go back to the previous advice - it may be worth more than face value if you can find an error collector keen enough on it. Probably the only way is auction on Ebay, but I would not hold out much hope of a big premium!
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