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Help! 1958 Memorial Cent (Not Wheat)!

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 Posted 10/18/2020  3:38 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add austxmax to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Help! I need some help with this 'oddball' 1958 Lincoln 'Memorial' cent. That's right, Memorial cent (not wheat).it has a memorial reverse (not wheat). I found this is some of my father's stuff after he passed away. Have had it for years, but just recently went through some of his coins trying to see what things might have some value. I can find nothing about this coin on the internet. Yes, if you search for 1958 Memorial cent, you'll get lots of hits.but they are all for wheat cents actually (guess some folks don't really realize what a Memorial cent it.lol). I'm hoping someone out there may have heard of this coin before, or may be able to direct me to some resource where I can find out something about it. Thank you!

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 Posted 10/18/2020  3:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can you show us much larger pics, please, along with a close-up of the edge.



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 Posted 10/18/2020  4:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, better images needed--large, sharp, high resolution (obverse and reverse). As noted, one or two close-ups of the coin's edge would help.
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 Posted 10/18/2020  5:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add austxmax to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
OK, I think these are about the highest res images I can get. I have 2 scanners, but neither would give me a good/useable image, so I'm using a digital SLR. Hope these are better. At any rate, I appreciate the/any help. Thank you!


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 Posted 10/18/2020  6:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lcutler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What is the weight? That doesn't have the look of a genuine coin.
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 Posted 10/18/2020  8:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@aus, first welcome to CCF. Second, that would be quite a find if real. I agree that knowing the weight would help.
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 Posted 10/18/2020  8:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can we get a sharper up close shot of the date. The 8 looks off IMO.

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 Posted 10/18/2020  8:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree - the 8 is noticeably too small in these images. This has to be a fake.
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 Posted 10/18/2020  8:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just a quick look and I see some font errors on yours. Look at corresponding arrows. My guess initially is this is a fantasy coin. The details also are mushy like in a copy.

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 Posted 10/18/2020  9:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add austxmax to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
OK, I think you guys nailed it. I can see that 8 does look a little strange when comparing it to another with my cheap magnifying glass. And....it only weighs 2.8 grams when all the rest of the wheat and memorial cents I weighed are 3.1 grams. So yeah...must not be real. Bummer...thought I had a mega coin here! lol Still going to leave it in my penny album though (since there are blank spots) and let somebody else freak out over it after I'm gone! And it looks very cool! LOL Thanks very much guys! Your response was speedy and informative. Should of thought about weighing it myself I guess....Duh Why would someone make/fake a coin like this I wonder? Thanks again everyone!
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 Posted 10/18/2020  9:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Why would someone make/fake a coin like this I wonder?


Someone probably made this in a machine shop. With idle time and the right tools a mule coin can be created.
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 Posted 10/18/2020  9:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
austxmax.

I hope you'll share some more of your father's cool stuff with us, and I'm very sorry for your loss.
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 Posted 10/18/2020  11:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add austxmax to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all very much! :)
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 Posted 10/19/2020  11:09 am  Show Profile   Check BadThad's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree with others, it's a fake. Most likely a 1959 converted into a 58.
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 Posted 10/19/2020  9:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Of course it could be a coin made in 1959 with the wrong back.
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