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1960 D Penny - Multiple Oddities

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 Posted 05/17/2021  06:58 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add NewMatt to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi, new here. I found a penny that isn't copper (maybe silver, gold, bronze? Really not sure.) Aside from that there are multiple anomalies starting with the raised, beveled, outer part of the penny that obscures IN GOD WE TRUST and most, if not all, of the L in LIBERTY. The I in LIBERTY also seems like a weaker relief than the B E R T Y. There are also dings and punctures to the outer ring. Lincoln looks odd. Possibly a doubling effect? Or he is raised a little higher? There is a divot next to his eye and some divots and dings on cheek. His mouth seems faint where in contrast there is a deeper than normal indentation at his chin making it look like Lincoln has a sad face. I'm not a coin collector, I just found this in spare change. Is it worth anything or is it just a junk penny? I thought there were enough weird things about the penny that made it worth posting. Thanks in advance!

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 Posted 05/17/2021  07:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@new, first welcome to CCF. Second, I've moved your post over to the correct subforum of CCF so that we can get some good eyeballs on it.
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 Posted 05/17/2021  07:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Given the photos posted, it appears the coin has been (heavily) plated and encased--and dinged along the way. Is that a distinct band encircling the coin?
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 Posted 05/17/2021  07:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NewMatt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Spence!
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 Posted 05/17/2021  07:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NewMatt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi ijn1944 - I really don't know enough about coin collecting to know if that is a district band. I'm a super rookie with more questions than answers. I appreciate you taking a look.
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 Posted 05/17/2021  08:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
. It is a coin in a bezel and seems to be plated/polished. It is now a PMD coin.
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 Posted 05/17/2021  10:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting damage anyway.
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 Posted 05/17/2021  10:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think John calls it.



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If it were struck on a dime, then it would be silver, but the reverse looks like a normal cent planchet. The obverse side of the bezel is wider. Plated after the bezel was added. (Probably to keep the copper away from the skin with the plating)
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 Posted 05/17/2021  11:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 05/17/2021  9:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NewMatt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi John1,I'm not sure what PMD means but it's sounding like this penny might be only worth a penny. Ha ha! Let me know if you see this or if anyone else wants to chime in, feel free...
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 Posted 05/17/2021  9:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
PMD means post mint damage. That is just meaning a coin that was damaged after it was made.
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 Posted 05/17/2021  9:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NewMatt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
coop, thanks for chiming in. What is the reasoning behind plating a coin in this way? Also gonna guess that it means it's nothing special.
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Plating coins in the aftermarket may be done to make them shiny--good for non-collectors but anathema to numismatists.
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 Posted 05/17/2021  9:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As a kid, I found a 45 cartridge with a hole drilled in it. I used to carry it on a chain around my neck I always blamed the shell having copper,but it may have been the lead, that created a sore on my chest. When I go rid of the bullet, the sore went away. But they used to use coins as part of jewelry. They would take a dime and remove the reverse, and scratch in a message.


So being copper colored, with the bezel on it, they may have plated it to make it not look like a common cent. Thus the plating on the coin. So it is just an altered coin.
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Some have asked about my images I use and I'm glad to say, you can now you can see the DVD in sections on youtube:
1. Intro, older coins, toned coins 2. Doubled dies 3. Die events, One of a kind errors 4. So called errors, Coin information 5. Coin information Types and Varieties, Overlays
Jefferson nickel doubled dies Wexler/Rebar complete listings

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