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1959 D Lincoln Memorial Cent Mint Error - Smooth Face

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 Posted 03/05/2021  01:51 am Show Profile   Check tropicalbats's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add tropicalbats to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am not entirely sure how this error occurred, and am looking for some insight. Just found it in a roll of BU coins, seemingly an original roll as there were a lot of matching dies, but just this one like this.

The reverse seems normal, as does most of the outer portions of the obverse. But Lincoln's face has been polished to a super smooth surface. I don't know if the diagonal lines are part of the planchet metal structure of if something came across the coin creating them. It has the look of a late stage struck through die cap although the only affected area is in the center.

Any help sorting this one out is appreciated.

1959-D Lincoln Memorial cent mint error - smooth face




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 Posted 03/05/2021  04:17 am  Show Profile   Check Yokozuna's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Yokozuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I really want to say Grease Filled Die, but I'm not 100% sure. Interesting!
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 Posted 03/05/2021  04:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add stoneman227 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very cool!
I would think that it was struck through a thin material such as clear tape. I have used that stuff before and noticed as it came off the roll that there were lines on it much like , for a better description, roller lines.
The lines on each side of the bust on this coin are flowing in the same direction but the angle is slightly different than they flow on the bust.
This seems to imply that the material that was struck through became trapped in position on the fields by the first kiss of the die but moved with the flow of the metal as it filled the bust.
The fields of the coin received much more pressure from the strike so evidence of the struck through material is less there . The bust receives less pressure so the impact on the design will be greater there.
Again, very cool find !
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 Posted 03/05/2021  09:06 am  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm clueless. All I can say is nice find.
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 Posted 03/05/2021  10:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I sent Mike a note on this one. I wondered if it was struck through a small piece of cello? Never seen this before.
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 Posted 03/05/2021  11:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mikediamond to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It appears to have been scuffed after it left the press. The shiny part of the face has hairline scratches that can be seen in the field on either side of the bust. I have no idea how, when, or where the damage was inflicted. It could have occurred inside the Mint or in a coin-wrapping facility.
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 Posted 03/05/2021  12:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add stoneman227 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not quite sure how a scrape can follow the general flow of the design evenly on the high and low points . The lines from the scrape also flowing along.
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 Posted 03/05/2021  12:57 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Rather have a smooth head than a smooth brain
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 Posted 03/05/2021  2:25 pm  Show Profile   Check tropicalbats's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add tropicalbats to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll shoot some macro stuff this evening. I am not convinced a scrape could produce the proof-like finish on the coin as it is. We shall see what some close up work turns up. Seems to me the areas in the field that have lines are just additional polished areas not scratch marks.
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 Posted 03/05/2021  3:51 pm  Show Profile   Check sheldius's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add sheldius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting. Hope the close scope work reveals and answer.
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 Posted 03/05/2021  4:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 11997755 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm going with the scrape/rub. My reasoning is because the "scratches" don't affect the areas immediately around the raised areas. Still looks cool.
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 Posted 03/05/2021  5:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Daves Errors to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like Abe got sick of the wiskers and dun gone to the barber and got a shave .
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 Posted 03/05/2021  5:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm going to go with a buffing wheel went over the device and field in a direction from the right to left.
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 Posted 03/05/2021  7:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jasper62 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I'm going to go with a buffing wheel went over the device and field in a direction from the right to left.


I'll agree with Dearborn on this scenario. Maybe with the macro setting it might show a little more to this coins story. Not sure I've told you but have always enjoyed your pictures.
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 Posted 03/05/2021  7:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Petespockets55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There doesn't appear to be as many nicks and dings in the affected area which makes me think it happened after it was struck.

Can you give us one more image at the forehead and field?
It's hard to tell if the effect ends at the forehead or continues onto the field.
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 Posted 03/05/2021  11:50 pm  Show Profile   Check tropicalbats's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add tropicalbats to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Took a few more images and did some zoom in inspection. Sadly, the surface is mirror-like and I just can not get the darn thing in super sharp focus. But I can say that upon close inspection I agree that the area has been rubbed by something and is not a struck through sort of event. Mike is right as usual (thanks Mike!).

The only other thing of note I saw was that inside the ear and around the edge of the beard and lips there is a small amount of grease deposit. Kind of like the coin got stuck in a rubber conveyor briefly and got buffed, with the event leaving some crud in at the bottom of steep spots on the coin. Make sense?

It was an original roll (there were multiples of most dies including 6 RIDB-1C-1959D-01 in there) and my guess is, as Mike suggests, an event that occurred after the strike either at the mint or the rolling place.

I still think it is a very nifty neat-o looking coin, just not an error coin as I thought.

Sorry for the fuzzy pics, but best I could do without much camera mayhem. Good luck interpreting the ear photo as it is pretty confusing.




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