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1948 D Penny - Odd Looking Number 8

 
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 Posted 05/06/2022  03:11 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Meztido to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey all,

So recently I bought a lot of wheat pennies from an estate sale and time to time I get a chance to open the rolls and look what's inside (usually when the kids and wife are in bed, so rarely lol).

So usually it's nothing special in these rolls. Got some beautiful blue/purple/rainbow toned cents and so far, this penny got my attention because the date looks so off.

It kinda looks like the number 8 is melting off the penny. Is this something anyone has seen or would know anything about?

Thanks all and looking forward to any insight.



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 Posted 05/06/2022  05:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mrwhatisit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like something heavy hit the 8 in the date to smush it around like that, so post mint damage. We see damaged dates on coins all the time here.
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 Posted 05/06/2022  06:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Just a damaged coin. PMD
There is nothing in the striking of the coin that could cause that.
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 Posted 05/06/2022  07:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Post-strike damage, yes. Copper is a relatively soft metal and can be displaced/moved/reshaped when hit--in this case it looks like a lateral hit on the upper surfaces of the 8. I'd keep it as a fun curiosity.
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 Posted 05/06/2022  09:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely damage, possibly deliberate.



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 Posted 05/06/2022  10:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Note the location of the '8' is located in the right place next to the rim.

Thus the left side of the date was altered. If this were a mint error, all the other devices would have been altered on both sides. Coin was tampered with.
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 Posted 05/06/2022  11:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Skeletonwizard8 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely post-mint damage.
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 Posted 05/07/2022  05:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Meztido to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Awesome, thanks everybody. I'm slowly learning to not get hopes up anymore when I see something weird lol, but I'm still on the hunt for the real deal.
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