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1953 Lincoln Wheat Cent Explanation Wanted On This One Please

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 Posted 05/22/2022  08:10 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Alpha33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Got his in change this AM at my local coffee stop. Now, I am usually very skeptical when it comes to "variety" coins, but this one caught my attention.

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 Posted 05/22/2022  08:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Appears to be a rather damaged '53 (Philly) wheat cent--dings, hits, gouges, moved metal. Assume the reverse looks pretty much the same? Post-strike damage accumulated over the years, plus a bit of environmental staining/tarnish. Bottom line, coin didn't leave the striking chamber in that condition
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 Posted 05/22/2022  08:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Appears to be a rather damaged '53 (Philly) wheat cent--dings, hits, gouges, moved metal. Assume the reverse looks pretty much the same? Post-strike damage accumulated over the years, plus a bit of environmental staining/tarnish. Bottom line, coin didn't leave the striking chamber in that condition


I get that, but why the lack of damage where the base of the one used to be?
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 Posted 05/22/2022  09:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How could the "ONE" be struck in the direction of the arrow and not leave any damage to the area where the base of the "ONE" used to be?



the area where the base of the "ONE" used to be

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 Posted 05/22/2022  09:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's like there was never anything there to begin with.
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 Posted 05/22/2022  09:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@alpha, trying to guess how an object gouging one area of a coin might have affected other areas of a coin seems like tilting at windmills to me. I see nothing suggesting that the date was not normal when this coin was struck. You have a well-circulated and damaged common-date Wheat cent. Value is two or three times face value.
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 Posted 05/22/2022  09:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A once normal coin now beat up by circulation...PMD. Please properly crop photos before posting...thanks.
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 Posted 05/22/2022  09:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I just see a damaged coin. Agree that cropping your images will help in evaluating details.
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 Posted 05/22/2022  10:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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@alpha, trying to guess how an object gouging one area of a coin might have affected other areas of a coin seems like tilting at windmills to me. I see nothing suggesting that the date was not normal when this coin was struck. You have a well-circulated and damaged common-date Wheat cent. Value is two or three times face value.


First of all I don't give a crap about the value.
second, How could the "ONE" be struck in the direction of the arrow and not leave any damage to the area where the base of the "ONE" used to be?
lastly, I merely found it interesting.
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 Posted 05/22/2022  10:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Please properly crop photos before posting...thanks.
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Even if I knew what properly cropped photos were, I don't know how. I've posted hundreds of pic here without "cropping", suddenly it's important? I'll try my best.
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 Posted 05/22/2022  10:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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 Posted 05/22/2022  10:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamuelPickwick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree that is a little odd; how could the original "1" be damaged like that. It looks like the 1 shifted up, curled, and turned into a "c". Plate tectonics?
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 Posted 05/22/2022  11:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bobby131313 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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How could the "ONE" be struck in the direction of the arrow and not leave any damage to the area where the base of the "ONE" used to be?


This is 100% the wrong question.

The question should be...

How can the one be struck in the direction of the arrow during the minting process.

The answer is it can't, so it can't be an error.

Billions of ways to damage a coin. Finite number of ways for an error to happen.
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 Posted 05/22/2022  11:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bobby131313 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Even if I knew what properly cropped photos were, I don't know how.


Click here. Makes it easier for people to help you and with all the extraneous image gone, you can upload much better pics. After a few times it only takes 30-45 seconds.
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 Posted 05/22/2022  4:25 pm  Show Profile   Check BadThad's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 05/23/2022  3:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is damage. How it happened? Took a shallow hit during circulation. Copper is a very soft metal and sometimes the material can get moved around and over time the spot where the 1 used to be could have been smoothed over and erasing any sigh it was ever there. Look at the overall surface of the coin, almost all of the details of this coin has been erased.
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