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1940 Wheat Cent Serif Or Damage?

 
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 Posted 01/25/2021  10:11 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Yorkish to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Good morning CoinCommunity!

I was going back theough my Wheat penny "keepers" and found this on the R of LIBERTY. All the lettering and the date seem to be a little swollen to me, but I suppose it could just be the effects of wear. The R however, shows something in the top left corner that looks to me almost like a serif. But, given that I'm not very good at spotting them, I would appreciate some community feedback on it. I apologize for the grainy texture on the pic of LIBERTY, my phone camera doesn't like diffused light or macro shots.





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 Posted 01/25/2021  10:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wouldn't say it was a serif, it looks like the top of the R has taken a small hit giving it the appearance of notching.
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 Posted 01/25/2021  10:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Yorkish to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was 50/50 on it since I struggle with spotting serifs, I appreciate the feedback!
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 Posted 01/25/2021  10:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Chase007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with Jimmy,
although the image is blurry but you can see the slight discoloration in the field where the contact was made,directly in front of the area in question.
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 Posted 01/25/2021  10:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Yorkish to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So that's what that discoloration is. I hadn't considered that before. Thanks for the tip!
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 Posted 01/25/2021  11:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I checked the examples on PCGS to see if they showed any broken hub issues, and there were non there. So I feel this is just damage to the coin. I see something also on the 'I' but it is unrelated to this area as it is on the opposite side. I've keep it safe for now. Not that I feel it is a doubled die, but because of the way the devices are affected. Doe the metal show a wave on the tops of those areas? If so then it is damage for sure.
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 Posted 01/25/2021  11:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree, small circulation hit.
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