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Bubbles, Faded Lettering, And In MS Uncirculated 1988 Pennys

 
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 Posted 11/30/2022  10:39 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Flowermoon to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi. My name is Kawani. My mamaw left me a bunch of coins in rolls and I have been researching them. I have a few questions to ask and I hope I don't sound stupid.
1.) What do the letters (V D E) stand for on the obverse under on the edge of rim?
2.) If coins are uncirculated and in MS state why would there be bumps and bubbles and discoloration on it and
3.) If a MS coin is supposed to be MS, why would the lettering be smudged or missing?
Thanks for your input totally new to all this

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Hi Kawani, and welcome to the Forum!
1. The letters at the lower left of Lincoln's bust are VDB, for Victor David Brenner who originally designed the Lincoln cent.
2. In 1982, the U.S. Mint changed the composition of cents from 95% copper to 97.5% zinc with a thin copper coating. This unhappy marriage of metals often results in blisters, bubbles, and bumps.
3. When the dies used to strike coins approach the end of their useful life, many strange impressions can result. Also, grease applied to the dies can sometimes result in obscured or missing details in minted coins.
Hope that this quick reply will help you with your questions.
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Hondo Boguss nailed it
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Hondo covers your question quite well.
And very good questions they are too.

Can you post up full coin images (both obverse and reverse)?
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Nice answer Hondo
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Why do these devices appear as weaker? They are incuse on the coin. That means they are raised on the die. So any die polishing that affects that area of the die, will weaken or remove these raised devices on the die. Thus why some are weaker/missing off of the working die. (They are die events and not a premium for these cents.

CoopHome: Why can incuse devices be weakened? die polishing will affect these devices and weaken/remove these form the working die.
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