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1987-D Lincoln Memorial Cent - Plating Blister Or Die Chip?

 
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 Posted 03/07/2021  2:36 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Parnelli917 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Almost overlooked this coin cause it isn't all that nice. Then I saw something wrong in "LIBERTY". I checked with Cuds on Coins and could not find anything that looks like this. I did learn however that BIE die chips can also be LII (extra I in "LIBERTY") chips. Whatever the designation, I just think its cool!

Please let me know if you think it is a BIE or something else. The extra "I" is as high a relief as the other letters.


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 Posted 03/07/2021  2:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cujohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks to smooth to be a die chip. Never seen one almost looks like a linear plating bubble poke it with a toothpick to see if it's hollow.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  4:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree that it looks more like a plating bubble and interested to hear whether it can be depressed with a wooden toothpick.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  4:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Have a go and let us know!
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 Posted 03/07/2021  5:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a plating bubble, and that finger print kills it anyway.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  5:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Parnelli917 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
OK, I tried to poke it with a toothpick but could not feel any give. That doesn't mean its not a plating issue, just that I have poor eyesight! I did find a hairline die crack running through it that my pictures did not show. Here's a new one.
Does this make it any easier to determine whether it is a plating issue or a die chip? Or should I keep poking?!
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 Posted 03/07/2021  5:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Parnelli917 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
John1, yeah I knew it was in pretty bad shape. Just thought it looked cool. I'll have to get it under a microscope to poke it again.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  9:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Parnelli917 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well I can't pop it or scratch it off, but I have to agree with everyone that it certainly looks much more like a plating blister than a die chip. These Zicolns are a mess. But I'll keep this in my "not worth a penny" drawer for safe keeping! Thanks all
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