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1855 Half Cent Die Clash Maybe

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 Posted 07/26/2021  7:05 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Jimcu to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all,

Just got a bunch of coins and this one looked funny. The E in cents looks like an I "cints" It's probably just damaged but it looks so clean and there is no indication of the right side of the E having been there. Just some copper drip. I hope someone has seen this before and it is interesting to you.

Thanks in advance
Jim
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 Posted 07/26/2021  7:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would need a closeup but this does not look like a error.
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 Posted 07/26/2021  7:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can you give us a close-up?



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 Posted 07/26/2021  7:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Adam_E to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I believe this is an intentionally damaged piece to make CENT look, uh, less like the word "cent" and more like a different word.

Half Cents and cents damaged like this are fairly common
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 Posted 07/26/2021  7:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jimcu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks
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 Posted 07/26/2021  8:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree, this is post-mint damage.
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 Posted 07/26/2021  8:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jimcu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks. Hopefully I find something better. You were all a great help.
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 Posted 07/26/2021  9:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jadey to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a large cent that had the E modified to a U in the same way. Some people have a lot of time on their hands.
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 Posted 07/27/2021  12:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 07/27/2021  12:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is an altered cent. It was done intentional for a purpose that I can't relate here in detail. It was a coin that was altered to purchase, for services rendered. (best description I can give here)
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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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 Posted 07/27/2021  12:40 pm  Show Profile   Check jacrispies's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, these were purposely altered and used as brothel tokens. This specific alteration is usually done on large cents, and pretty cool to see on a Half Cent.
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 Posted 07/27/2021  12:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Question of the day?
Why did the U.S. mint make 1/2 cents?
Answer hidden below so highlight the open space:
I the 1800's postage to send a letter was once cent. But to send a post card, it only cost a h1/2 cent. So in order to make change from buying just one post card, a 1/2 cent was needed to make change for that transaction.
Between these two lines in the open space.
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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

trail dies:http://www.traildies.com/
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 Posted 07/27/2021  1:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IsThisAnything to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here comes Coop, keeping it classy with an interesting fact. This is why I enjoy this forum above all others. Well explained, ladies and gents. Thank you for this new bit of knowledge.
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 Posted 07/27/2021  2:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add keith12 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hay Coop Please dont type in white
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 Posted 07/27/2021  2:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Post mint damage. It will get a "details" grade.
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 Posted 07/27/2021  7:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry but I think Coop's fact isn't a fact. Postcards didn't exist that early and the rate for a single folded sheet of paper was 6 cents for up to 30 miles. Even if postcards did exist I couldn't see them being a 1/2 cent when a single sheet of paper was 6 cents. This was in 1792 the year the first Half Cents were struck. Postage rates was actually rather high back then.

Rates 1792 - 1863 can be seen here https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/p...792-1863.pdf

The official reason for the Half Cent as I understand it was so the poor would have a small coin for making purchases. You could get a fair amount for a cent back then, so the idea thatit would be easier on the poor to have a Half Cent makes some sense.
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