My First Coin: The Gateway Into A Fun Hobby



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We all started with our first coin.

Everybody has a story as to how they got involved in coin collecting.

Here’s a brief story of my first coin and how I began my long and enjoyable journey into coin collecting…

 

The 1941 Lincoln Wheat Penny

It was October 1992.

Mom had been giving me some small change as spending money in exchange for little tasks and chores I was doing around the house.

One night, she handed me something like a dollar in change. Some quarters, nickels, I think a dime, and then some pennies.

One penny stuck out to me.

It was heavily worn, and had 2 stalks of wheat on the back. Funny… I was always used to seeing the Lincoln Memorial on the back of all the pennies I’d seen.

I was holding a 1941 Lincoln wheat cent, and it was the oldest coin I had ever recalled seeing in my own hands.

I was 11 years old.

 

Was I Rich?

One of the first thoughts that ran through my little head was, ‘How rich am I now?!’

I called out to Mom, telling her what I had found.

She seemed quite impressed. I thought the coin I was holding was worthy of placement in a museum.

The coin is 40 years older than I. I was already aware enough of history to realize it dated back to the beginnings of World War II and was made back when my grandparents were much younger… and before any of my aunts or uncles were alive.

Surely, the coin had to be rare and valuable, right?

Well, the next day, I opened the Yellow pages (remember, this was before the days of going online to look things up) and started calling local coin dealers. I was excited about my find and wanted to know just how many thousands of dollars my worn 1941 penny was worth.

As you’d guess, within three phone calls, I’d confirmed my coin wasn’t worth thousands of dollars, but — rather — about 5 to 10 cents.

 

Coin Collecting Added A New Member To Its Ranks

But I wasn’t crushed at all. In fact, it was too late. Coins had already hooked me. The history behind that old coin intrigued me.

I wanted more of these old pennies.

I begun searching through all the change in Mom’s purse and and the countless pennies in Dad’s change bucket.

I wound up finding a 1950s wheat penny — in Dad’s hoard of pocket change.

I found a 1946 penny a couple weeks later — in Mom’s purse change she received at the post office.

By Thanksgiving, Mom took me to a local bookstore and picked me up a copy of a coin price guide, complete with mintage figures, so I could learn more about the value of wheat pennies and also about buying and selling old coins.

I absorbed all I could about coins from that first book and the many other coin books and magazines I would in short order add to my personal library.

My coin collection, also, continued to grow.

Over the years, I have bought, sold, and traded many coins…

…But I still have and always will keep that fateful 1941 penny that unlocked the door to a hobby I will surely enjoy for a lifetime.

Here’s my story about the joys of being a penny collector.

Joshua

I'm the Coin Editor here at TheFunTimesGuide. My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins (many of them with over 50K shares), and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!

173 thoughts on “My First Coin: The Gateway Into A Fun Hobby

  1. Josh, Hello again sorry it has taken a week to write back. I am embarrassed to admit that I don’t understand what you are asking of me? You told me to send a picture of my coin to the forum, but what forum? Did you not receive the pictures I sent to you or were you able to receive them? Let me know! Thank you so much for answering me back! 

    1. Hi, Brannon –

      Great to hear back from you! Yes, we have your photos now (in the future, anytime we mention the fourm, we’re just talking about the comments section here on The Fun Times Guide, like where you posted your question here!). While I have never myself seen this piece before, I researched it and determined its a noted variety/error, and I even found an example selling on eBay for around $7.

      Thanks for your question!

    1. Hi, Gulinky —

      A 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent in AU-58 condition has a value of $1,150 to $1,300, based on its overall condition, color, etc. As you would imagine, you’ll want to get that piece certified by a third-party coin grading company to ensure its authenticity.

      Here’s more info on the 1909-S VDB cent: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/1909_s_vdb_penny-2/
      And some info on third-party graders: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/slabbed_coins/

      Good luck!
      Josh

  2. Joshua ! someone wrote me and asked if I sell penny 1955, told him how much you offer me and told me not ponle price! then give me a hand josh, as it may be?

    1. Hello, Alex —

      This 1955 Lincoln cent has some post-mint damage as seen in the scrapes, etc. I see no evidence of mint errors or varieties, etc. It is worth 3 to 5 cents.

      Best,
      Josh

  3. Hi joshua ! Thanks for Your time! I want to know if you know about some penny 1972 made in diferent metal , like silver? 🙂 thank you…

    1. Hi, Alex —

      There are no official Lincoln cents that were made in anything but there usual bronze composition. In the mid-1970s, some pieces were made in aluminum and other materials to test the use of lighter, cheaper compositions.

      You may have an off-metal error, in which a dime planchet was struck with the Lincoln cent image. If you would like to submit a photo of your coin I’d be happy to see what might be going on.

      Thank you,
      Josh

      1. Hi joshua check this cent 🙂 and others coins 🙂 maybe someday goodnews:) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9a79f4cb9a54e97d013b814ae8ca65260245fba0181ab59cb9f0220efb772dbb.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a45d5004ee1ef421c02b2724a8e1865d99f52fa5add67c8ad08ba0db8f65eb1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8c18b311fa255d665a78dbd3be86b3c9077b755035fe619c09c73541a5343b74.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/54e3a8711fb744f5613c519d959a81ca2f6959269e2145cb14f2fffa7e9c50da.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0c006c36643f5746c89166b61df9a8c0217439e14131b9455ec7151194796535.jpg

        1. Hello, Alex!

          Well, I have a little bit of good news at least! The 1950 and 1970-S Lincoln cents ARE worth more than face value… I’ll say why in a bit.

          First, all of the OTHER coins in this grouping have environmental damage and aren’t worth more than face value. But, as for those two pieces that are more valuable…

          The 1950 Lincoln wheat cent is obsolete and relatively scarce. It is worth about 10 cents. The 1970-S Large Date Lincoln cent is double its face value due to the intrinsic copper value of the coin.

          Keep on looking! More treasures are out there and I’m sure you’ll find one soon…

          Good luck,
          Josh

          1. Hi joshua ! Thank for all. I just found something maybe we have money now :))..
            I see this notice

  4. And this 1982 quarter https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fb0f4c57a31c7cb5c3562d4cc06525b227f481ee1cab2c40aaee8d4c25fce404.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c3334299b810850893a632e6588b0e0edd1c3f910c67c96d708acb81aadf275.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eab5dfeadbd945061d445e02d4a91a1fe970c1743663dc87bf08990fdee650be.jpg 🙂

    1. Hi,

      This piece doesn’t appear to exhibit any varieties or errors based on what I see in the images. It is worth face value.

      Best,
      Josh

  5. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c946395fece9ba75d6dac189b63bcbe0c49174383c1e8d8e9419857c59feeeee.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/390fd187b7a123d2d8c408c2c143f3853d3ad1bff84ce85057b48524839093fe.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6e19d41c3a0eb60821d062d3df0c9108accd2a214e73e1f9d3ea973b4b06edbd.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a6e738bd332015ed00f3fac427049739f8cb86ee20c3d506924ae797509603f7.jpg

    1. Alex,

      The 1953-D cent has some thickness in the obverse lettering; I did check and can’t confirm that there is any doubled die for that issue with those diagnostics. I also see some light damage on the obverse. It may be worth having checked out by a die variety specialist who can review the coin in-hand if you’re further interested, but I can’t say for certain based on the image (which gets a tad fuzzy on closeup) that this is any kind of variety or even machine doubling.

      The 1959 cent appears to have machine doubling, and this particular 1959 Lincoln cent would be worth only a few cents in that case.

      It appears digits in the 1968 date on that cent has received some light damage.

      Here’s more info about submitting coins for attribution: https://doubleddie.com/402401.html

      Good luck,
      Josh

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    1. Hi, Alex —

      Can you please describe what you want me to look for with these — not the 1953, 59, or 68 – I just checked those out 🙂

      From what I can tell everything you submitted looks normal, unless there is something that you see that I don’t at first glance.

      All the pre-1982 Lincoln Memorial cents, by the way, are worth 2 cents each.

      By the way, I recommend you check out this link:

      U.S. Coins Worth More Than Face Value – https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/us-coins/

      It will help you narrow down some of the coins you should be looking for. I hope it helps you find something valuable!

      Good luck,
      Josh

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  10. Hi, Alex —

    The 1970 Washington quarter struck on the 1941 Canadian quarter is a unique rarity — there is just one of a kind like it as far as all the experts know. Speculation is that the coin either accidentally wound up in the planchet hopper or was purposefully fed into the press. Your piece does appear to have some minor post-mint abrasions and is thus worth 25 cents.

    I hope this helps clear up any info about the 1970 quarter rarity. The piece that has been all over the news is only one of a kind as far as anybody can tell, and it was purchased. There may be other dates like it out there somewhere, so keep checking your change!

    Best,
    Josh

  11. Hi Josh,
    I have some coins that i think are error coins or wishful thinking, I have a 1958 d wheat penny where Lincoln’s neck looks doubled, i have a 1946 wheat penny with something on top of Lincoln’s head and his chin looks doubled too and I have a 1941 nickel with errors, atleast i hope so,
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    1. Hi, Denise —

      I appreciate your inquiries. Some of the photos appear a little grainy for me to provide a confident opinion, but I can see the 1946 Lincoln cent obverse (head’s side) image clearly enough to suggest that piece exhibits late die state doubling. If this is the case, the coin would have a nominal extra value and could sell for anywhere from $1 to $5 to somebody who collects examples of such pieces.

      If you don’t mind resubmitting the other images at a higher resolution, if possible, I’d be glad to assist further.

      Thank you so much,
      Josh

  12. I also have a 1979 d penny, I don’t know if it has errors https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/709ae7fd70da693360749317d50b9c4e605a34dc463f6704d7dc40050693af42.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c0eb23d321464f1468265e52df0f1c9654cd31f77e3232c5cea0080f35d218d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/923774b3030a0385d752bb56575fe0fc49dbde3225ecc63f7129529698a480f8.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/579ef1344108ddf08e9a7b32026a8b250521995b25abab3dbda24357ca13b81a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/868ce09fa1a9e720cbbfcb563a7fb0e6b95e086a5d53bbd458e630305df245a0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cce5cf5ada83d39c2a9478bd4af574a9e7c2fd2199e4026da54aca3ea62fbc2f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c0542b9138928d5848059b3dbffaf33a270abd17bece6674c9b055f587e1d7a8.jpg

    1. Hi, Denise —

      Based on what I see in the images, it appears your 1979-D Lincoln cent has some post-mint damage in the form of heavy grooves. The coin is still worth 2 cents for its copper value.

      Thank you for your question and images!

      Have a great day,
      Josh

      1. Hi Josh,
        Sorry it took me so long to send you more photos, I also included a photo of my 1946 s penny, I was wondering about the “s”
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        1. Hi, Denise —

          Thank you so much for sending all of these photos. I see impressed grooves in many of these coins which indicate post-mint damage. I checked for any other signs of obvious errors or varieties, and I’m afraid nothing stands out based on what I see in the images.

          Your 1946-S cent, struck at the San Francisco Mint, exhibits nice original color. The “S” mintmark and the “6” in the date look a little mushy, but nothing terribly out of line with the strike quality associated with the issue. Perhaps there was some grease in the die in those areas of the design. I’d value this piece around 5 to 10 cents.

          I hope my info is helpful and explanatory. Please let me know if you have any further questions!

          Best,
          Josh

  13. Hi Josh,
    I have this 1960 D/D Lincoln Penny with nice blue tone https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5cd0776e1568b54bdb740a21baa6bfbc6c3e4228f1e091d7968e24604348a17.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e52287dbbf827b0584d9f460934212ef16448b6ae2330cff566d3ad8b210b038.jpg

    1. Hi, Alaa —

      This is a really pretty coin. I’m not too sure what extra value the coin may have in light of the blue toning, because market values are really subjective and vary wildly for toned coins. It looks like something I’d be proud to have in my collection.

      Best,
      Josh

      1. Hi Josh,
        That is interesting thank you, any one can see the blue toning under normal white fluorescent lamp!

        Alaa

  14. Hi Josh,
    I have this 1993 Lincoln Penny with nice color toned https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3419aa5e78c88f979a2030aa31d2eaa94f735fd05c0203fdfb74b72bb0e7f1ed.jpg

  15. Hi Josh,
    I have this 1981 D Lincoln Penny toned with shift mint, what do you think?https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/244b118cc0a4bd574066108682190a8a43eeb78dfe2352378689c79eba82ff42.jpg

    1. Hi, Alaa —

      In the early 1980s, the U.S. Mint was still individually locating mintmark on the die hubs, and at the time, there was a certain acceptable region on the coin where the mintmark could be placed. In both cases, the mintmark is situated in an acceptable region. While the mintmark locations are slightly different on both of these coins, they’re both considered “normal.”

      Best,
      Josh

  16. Hi Josh,
    I have this 1989 D Lincoln Penny, “full chocolate” in the middle of the photo, is it worth anything?

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    1. Hi, Alaa —

      Your 1989-D Lincoln cent is very nice, but because it is a worn zinc cent without any evident errors, it is worth face value. Still, nice original color!

      Best,
      Josh

  17. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b78cd5f00e6527b47ef9388cdf2d55ecc7998d51e0cbf32f0fe18b27980b0dd1.jpg Hi Josh,
    could you please advise about the value of these coins https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b78cd5f00e6527b47ef9388cdf2d55ecc7998d51e0cbf32f0fe18b27980b0dd1.jpg

    1. Hi, Alaa —

      I’m not sure what these would sell for as both this and the 1961 defective planchet cent you posted above aren’t very commonly traded. I suggest reaching out to a die variety/error expert for more insight in this case. I’d suggest asking John Wexler, whose info can be found here: https://doubleddie.com/228401.html

      Good luck, and thanks for your question!
      -Josh

  18. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/22f1324a0995d98c0bdae835e2e1a212111ef3c1fbe19cadf3bfb96546faade0.jpg Hi Josh,
    I have this 1968-S lovely blue over red toned penny, is it valuable?

    Alaa
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    1. Hi, Alaa —

      This is a very nice toned 1968-S Lincoln cent. By all means leave it in this certified holder! Toning is very subjective and it’s hard to say how much this specific piece would take if offered for sale, but electric-rainbow toned pieces like this often sells for much more than usual book values. Maybe $20 to $30? Perhaps more or less? It’s difficult, especially without seeing the coin at multiple angles. But it’s nice!

      Good luck,
      Josh

      1. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9be1a6bcfdff43e642e042a0f167297ecb52514ed0886fae62b4e99b22d64655.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3cfa0ce1774a72551899250d7e73573d2b829fe91dc9b432b53832760d714c14.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/96fa99b60d17597d011d5ddeb3bdf11bcdf434b825bf5134ef182983b0d63f41.jpg

        Josh, do you know if this is a small or large date?

        Thank you in advance!

        1. Hi, Maddie –

          This is a 1982-D copper large date cent. As you see given its weight, the coin checks out as copper because it weighs about 3.11 grams. On the large date, then top of the “8” in the date rises slightly above the top of the “1” and “2.” On the small date, the tops of the numerals all roughly line up on the same imaginary plane. This piece is worth about 2 cents for its copper value.

          Here’s more info on 1982 pennies: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/1982-penny-value/

          Good luck,
          Josh

          1. Thank you, Josh. That is a better tip than others I’ve seen on identifying large/small dates. Take care.

          2. You’re welcome, Maddie! I’m so glad you found my information helpful.

            Happy collecting,
            Josh

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        Hi Josh. Can you identify the error in this 2016 Roosevelt dime? I haven’t come across this before. Kind regards

        1. Oooh, Maddie…

          I’m not sure about this one! I suggest sending these images to the folks at CONCA — I bet they will have an answer.

          Here’s their website: https://varietyvista.com/index.htm

          Good luck,
          Josh

  19. Hi Joshua, this is Kim.
    I have a 1983 Lincoln cent, I am not sure if this is hub doubling on the Reverse Building because some of the doubling looks raised? also there seems to be scratches or lines all over the coin on both sides, and plastic looking white covering part of the Letters on the Reverse side. Is there any https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c8bb96acd300c8c838c40e3661b6a7f047e5a9e90443c826fb5a6df5e7fe6b4f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3b7ab027c565afc11e98ea99879f1873791b896267b7047bdd90d5d3c30aed50.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9f69d105c9bcbd5f66f45f065f5241cae051f40d48488bdc0a882e4e4abaab50.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/932adcf5c559928f528d752563a4ac2f4a0a0cf827d325f069210972dac84013.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a8a39d24fc894b68d10fea441278d80b02e38441a7300d0f9488ec8e9e913eac.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4eaf632e4631ac2b8f8e1e1e0090b71183e7d26d11346615c2b0424139190b25.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f36eee8949f4a0d1b75a3c2aae74a277646badff6f251aa4b679d3600d5b1be4.jpg thing to this Lincoln Cent that is worth collecting? Thank you once again and always for your time and knowledge. Kim

    1. Hi, Kim —

      It looks like that residue is some type of epoxy or adhesive that, I think, a short dip in acetone will remove. As for doubling, it looks like minor shift/machine doubling and, unfortunately, does not show diagnostics relating to the popular 1983 doubled die.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

      1. Thanks Joshua, I kinda thought it was Machine doubling but was not sure so it is worth it to ask. An thank you for clearing up the residue part since I have a few coins with that on them an never was sure about it either. Appreciate your time as always Kim.

  20. Hi Joshua, I have a 1976 Lincoln Cent which looks like it has a second Imprint of a different coin on it. And if nothing else, Lincoln has Doubling in his Face. I made a picture up that you can compare it too. Or maybe its a nothing Coin. Thank you so much Kim

  21. Sorry Joshua, for some reason it keeps saying i have to sign in, and won’t let me download a picture. for my 1976 D lincoln penny that i had asked you about. I don’t know whats going on with the sign in thing cause i am signed in or else i wouldn’t be able to send this message.

    1. Hi, Forever Young —

      I found your photo and have replied to that comment there… I hope my insight is helpful!

      Best,
      Josh

  22. Hi Joshua, I have a question. Now I know this coin probably is no good because its so hard to see, but that is my question.
    If there is a die rotation on ANY COIN and you can see there is but the coin is in bad shape or hard to see like the coin is I’m showing you. Is it still considered an Error Coin?? Or is that something a collector would just set aside?
    This coin is a 1834 Large One Cent (as far as I can tell anyway) and it has a die rotation error, also something like silver melted the letters on the Reverse Side. But you can still see the letters through the silver and also in the copper color. I will show you the coin straight on then flipped over and you will be able to see the die rotation. Like I said the coin is worn but noticeable die rotation. Thank you Kim
    If the pictures are to hard for you to see the letters on reverse I can highlight them for.
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    1. Hi, Totosue —

      An error is always an error regardless of the coin’s condition. In this case, I’ll have no idea knowing how much die rotation there is because I really can’t examine the rotation relative to any orientation in the photos. I’d have to go by your word. Beware that drastic rotation is often faked or altered. It’s hard to tell in the lighting of this photo what’s going on for sure, but I think that silvery color is from something that was added onto the coin post-mint.

      Those are my two cents anyway… Neat old coin!
      -Josh

  23. So to get post mint damage that has what looks like a date of 1999, is it because it gets pressed against another coin I should have taken a better picture because when you look at it another way you can clearly see that it Looks like 1999 and the other side of the coin has no marks I thought maybe it was a wrong planchet. Bummer Thank you for your help.

    1. No worries! Just keep looking! I promise, there really ARE valuable errors out there in circulation.

      Good luck,
      Josh

  24. Hi Joshua, I have a question if I may, on Double Die’s .. do they have to be exact as the coin they show on Variety Coins Page? I found a 1969 s Lincoln that has Almost all the same letters that look Doubled as Variety Page shows.. There are a few letters that do not. ill Post what i have Thank you https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9820b6665e8a59ac5d6239f7414d2e853330952d0de294f84d52167e13a372ed.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1d7609df5255ff6a09bd5b0cefff318dd0cabeed7772b0f523422c82e3cb4a0c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4acfb4e5b99a070976e9c9cefc997a9f756ceb0dc204623b618b4428acf7af1e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf5489c7d9b298086953ac142d673a7ab0f7cd9d05d46e9f7bd162795ddcf490.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c93293b10c1d32f5f7a82ef8e652d383349adfbd5fab996c91b286142443d354.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a6702f1d0b17e717c9c221cd95657fa82875cc40ce0a5d770f54bc7c76994d5a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c9b2be1676b09a66b6ca1835135bdca99d038aa2a994fd43dd3a7680d79e1f4d.jpg

    1. Hi, Totosue —

      For a said coin to be THAT variety, yes, it has to be exactly the same. Bear in mind, there are several issues that have many kinds of doubled dies, but they’re generally considered minor varieties that are more common and not worth nearly the same as the primary doubled die for that year. In this case this is not the 1969-S obverse doubled die, but there appears to be some doubling in the reverse lettering, such as in “STATES OF.” If this matches none of the attributed doubled dies for 1969-S, it might be worth sending away to have attributed as a possible new error.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

  25. Hi Joshua Thank you so much for your help on the last coin, I always take your advice.
    But I do believe I have finally found a forsure one. yeahhh. But if it is indeed the D/D 1960 lincoln cent …. I couldn’t have found a more confusing one. lol So bare with me on the coin. I will post some pics and really need your advice on this one.

    Well I’m pretty sure its a RPM?

    What I’m NOT sure about if its a Sm. Date over a Lg Date?

    I’m NOT sure if the head has some sort of Doubling in the front as well as the backside and even then I don’t know if that could even be possible(meaning can there be such thing as doubling going outwards on both the front and back)? I’m thinking your gonna tell me its PMD…

    I DO Think maybe the letters are Doubled or some of them? BUT cannot find the die markers that shows for any of the 1960 D Coins on Mr. Wexler’s website, but some of the Doubling on the letters seam to be the same as his but yet not consistent for any one stage ???

    THEN there seems to be no VDB that I can tell anywhere. But again maybe it is worn down.??
    Reverse Same Coin
    The President Looks like he may have some Doubling going on and a few other things. I make some super close ups. Sorry if some are a little blurry its hard to use my finger to hold and take picture at same time. I did put arrows at things I was looking at but not sure about anyone of them because I couldn’t find any of the Die Markers to prove I have something. So this puts me over the barrel and wondering again. I really do read about these things but I am a hands on learner so this coin will be a great start for me.
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    1. Hi, Totosue —

      For starters, this is a 1960 large date as the numerals are wider and the top of the “9” is above the top of the “1” in the date. There’s a lot going on with this coin. Including a lot of doubling. I believe this is machine doubling but, as you point out, some of it is pretty distinct. I also see a lot of PMD, Including the big rim voice on the reverse, the hits to the rim, and then obliteration of VDB. I think the best thing this coin has going for it though is in the mintmark. The “D” does appear reset in the image, and not merely doubled as in machine doubling. You might consider sending this to John Wexler to see if he can attribute it or Lincoln variety expert Chuck Daughtrey. Wexler can be found at doubleddie.com and Daughtrey at coppercoins.com.

      Good luck!
      Josh

  26. So do you think its even worth sending in to someone if all that is going on is the D? If you think its worth sending in i will. Would you send it in if you found it?

    Because from what I understand you were explaining to me is that everything else is really no good on the coin that i thought might be errors. I did know it was a large date already but I thought it had a small date punched on top of it but since you didn’t say so I’m guessing I thought wrong. Thank you so much, I really do mean that. Kim

    1. Hi, Kim —

      From what I see in these photos anyway, most of the doubling appears to be mechanical doubling. The “D” mintmark looks like it may be repunched, but as the coin contains mechanical doubling, so too would the mintmark. Therefore I think a variety specialist needs to look at this piece to make this determination in-hand if possible. I think John Wexler charges only a few dollars (I think $4 last time I checked?) to inspect varieties, and Chuck I believes charges a similar amount.

      I hope this info is helpful to you!
      Josh

  27. Morning Joshua, how are you today.. Your opinion if you can please. Does this look like the letter S inside D? I found this Lincoln Penny that I don’t seem to see it anywhere else its a 1978 D Lincoln. Thank you https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/57376fb1b63a597ecb950664e53bc2edf023715f3488f67aada04f3c1571e500.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e8c7df2a0b54eb83723076e97f161eb7f24f274213ddced4f14579e81c5735f.jpg

    1. Hi, Totosue —

      It’s possibly repunched, or its a die chip inside the mintmark. Either way, this looks like a keeper!

      Nice find,
      Josh

  28. Hi Joshua, Well I came across a 1970 S Lincoln cent. I’m kinda hoping that this isn’t an error coin for the fact is this coin is in horrible shape, its all rusty. But is this a double ear? I think its a large date 1970 but that’s a hard. Thank you Joshua https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9336d13fe9b9042e802fc4bd90501de14ccdccc407037255d3295eea31437bf7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/63557bf42b46b3309f214bd01ddc46282492addea9757f4c6b8388ecbfdecc93.jpg

    1. Hi, Totosue —

      Good eye, it is a 1970-S large date. I don’t see any signs thst this is a doubled die based on what I can find in this photo here. Your coin is worth about two cents for its copper metal value.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

  29. Thank you for confirming that for me. The coin is in terrible shape I don’t even think you could get 2 cents for it. lol The ear i was thinking was maybe doubled a little because of the way the earlobe came down on it. Is there an easier way to distinguish between what a double die and post mint damage? how can you (meaning me) know for sure when something like that is a double or not a double? Thanks Joshua
    Ps I had showed you a 1978 D coin that looked like it had a letter S inside the D, I just found another one that looks just like that one. Is that something I should send In you think? to find out for sure?

    1. Hi, Totosue —

      It really just takes practice looking st different errors to be better distinguish them. That can take months or years, but definitely research the different errors online at sites like TheFunTimesGuide and in coin books so you can learn about them. There’s a lot of information and education about these pieces to be found and you’ll gain the knowledge you need! Here’s more info on doubles dies: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/doubled-die-coins/

      As for the mintmarks within a mintmark, they could be repunched mintmarks, which can definitely present themselves as you’re observing. Please post clear photos of a few of yours and I’ll see what you have there and help.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

  30. Hi Joshua, its me Kim, if you have an extra minute can you tell me please if this some kind of Doubling or PMD. All the extra metal seems to be raised so i am lost with this coin. Its a 1992 D Lincoln cent. Thank you so much https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e7e76baa7efdd0c488866134a90e8f0e0ae12724a8138dc5d8edade4ada584d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a9db9f86d80e4add417ffb15e06ef1d376c691590bb61b3836495f31fca23a1a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e836f46bc0e98624f7b215464e22bc2bf4736aeb76a6a3735422387b2d759faa.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/79825138af34f4d1099e88413e665e7fa06a719d0bf6f44099e4ec2efbf0e660.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d8102246004ef7398f982f9cbe30b4a512ef543929af2bc7903f7ab2e738060.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7efe9881df3f13d4ffb2504a8e32bc0ac45d1164cd9de8692a414cbbc1b3373b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/547c9aad804ed785ad96a619525717dbf7f3270ca411a2475ad0b1495cb630a4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/806e0383390fbf692f44580d5ed0ce7a60bd2cb43c16cb38dbefe2a6b2f379b4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/42b9090133e2de4cf74a3b40482bd951505200c8604ac5daec784e30ebfc073c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c95172793d814df6f3ed7e6951ad5cbe55f67d022e6bc91fbe73d5547203d80e.jpg

    1. Hmmm… This one looks like a possible keeper. It strikes me as machine doubling, but some of this doubling is extra distinct. I think it’s worth getting a second opinion on this from John Wexler (doubleddie.com).

      Fingers crossed!
      Josh

      1. yeah!! There is hope after all. You made my day even if i find out later on that it is a nothing coin, today will still be good. I hope it is a something coin. LOL Thank you

  31. Hi Joshua, I came across a 1966 lincoln cent that has a strange marking on it and I’m not sure what it could even be, but here’s the thing.. its doubled or hub doubled. The mark is on lincoln’s neck, I would like your opinion as to what this could be or what caused it. Since it has the doubling look it must have happened at the Mint right??? Thanks Joshua I was just looking at a Canadian coin and what I think might be on my 1966 coin is part of the pearl necklace marks. If you look at the necklace on a canadian coin and cut them in half that’s the shape thats on my coin. Just a guess.

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    1. Hi, Totosue —

      I’ll need some more context on this please. I know it’s on Lincoln’s neck, but may I see a clear photo of the entire coin along with these great closeups?

      Thank you!
      Josh

  32. Wow looking at the coin in a bigger picture instead of my small close- up camera it looks like he’s wearing her earring and has her nose. (Canadian Coin) Let me know if this coin picture is not close up enough. Thanks again joshua, Kim

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    1. Hi, Totosue —

      This photo is a tad blurry, so I can’t really see the little ruffle you showed me in the earlier photos. The little ruffle could be a minor die break or it might be damage, but I’ll need a clear photo to be sure. It’s a neat-looking little die issue though. Probably not worth much more than face value given its size, but it’s still a keeper!

      Best wishes,
      Josh

  33. Hi Joshua, well I came across a State Quarter today I sure could use your help on. Hoping you can give me some good news about it. its a 2016 D Kentucky “First Doorway to the West” What looks like DDR but I”m not sure if its a real DDR or a Mechanical DD. I tried to get the whole coin in a pic. but it comes out blurry so I just got the letters. All the letters on the reverse side are doubled and some https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5cd1e4ec119c502e099bd90e7abfc49ac8e376e72628d81bf517c539f9a525c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bef09faeee6b7cb1ef0500a9a91f47267facfb9990dbb7b15ddbcf62662b35a7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/48e17050f5d96e007280c5ab104195358ebcbe6c41436b6b44f8123294a59418.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5e7821ec2c14256728662f509e9b76c239886be8954899dcff9d9906deca3e5.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7e31c0489f404db2b865faaa541c2e358c3670d82322144dd5313ffd1b35dfe7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/903db535fab2508b14c932a000cc1553d3c92916e3bb9aaf22c5fd0713eb7bfc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/21a4e86e2f6a1b4408dd1a40683b4c88b01044cf8e2497f011f29d35582141c0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4d035645366f9e9fcb17e679f506723eee56a5f48663509ee69f4dd22e733d0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8bfe69e0f29de456fefc7235828dac9b1eed0aa0d8f99dcc247672e58dc8433d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/710be501117c73d3442034e77c35bda3b5cd795e83b21b4d847f3393a54b2345.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e2b299d0efa1f3ce2e8e449278904e2fb59cfe682344b1f37393edb8a02665a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b1d37336ee6915457afb7a5df210110e4bceaa8fc582f7684bb10b47f3d270a5.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bef09faeee6b7cb1ef0500a9a91f47267facfb9990dbb7b15ddbcf62662b35a7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f8c4b05bddf38d06d4e61386a39a8bb3582f8a6684681fc378c2ea21f3ae3b53.jpg of the letters look like three to 4 times doubled, I can try a different camera if you need t see the whole thing. Thank you always. Kim

    1. Hi, Totosue —

      OOOOHHH…. I like this. It looks like an actual doubled die to me. Note the full double impression in the lettering and the split serif in the “C” of “CUMBERLAND.” I think this is worth sending in for hopeful attribution. Fingers crossed!

      Best wishes,
      Josh

  34. Hi Joshua,
    I’m hoping to get your opinion on a 1999 P Connecticut Quarter I have. The Quarter is all Black in Color, But I noticed under his Nose there is a letter P. In the Letter P under his nose there is a small Notch in the Letter the Same as the Mint Mark Letter P, also there is Thinning in the Letter P same as the Mint Mark letter P.
    Then looking at the Mint Mark I also noticed what looks like a letter S just across from the P and again under the Nose Letter P is also a letter S.
    I marked the Pictures with Arrows pointing at each, as far as the black part goes that Im not sure about either, guessing maybe it got baked to long?
    Does this Coin look like it is a possible error or something??
    I know you usually do Pennies so I appreciate any help you can give me.

    Thank you as always for your Kind Help. Kim https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ace437e3985d45de617f3c5fb1118557a73d9de10ca0571399e2515a437605c2.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9d3e345d10689255fbed1aef7de20c1d622427f36e645595c386e3ecb913d762.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/69eca9af1dbf2570e2b7811a3a4179e972205a79dbe6b78165eb27bb33bb6387.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b3015a125d12f2a9226c39368d96066964bba7b046f30fd6591e6e443cb0c9da.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d15f52859d1e20b7556b3abdfd88acde7e949166404b28082b09e374f4f9387b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/230e38afd60daa5f90c5c90fc630c80cd1d8f473da94b489df5283b071618673.jpg

    1. Hi, Totosue —

      The quarter is black either due to environmental damage or an intentional process in which the coin is “antiqued” with a type of black lacquer. As for the “P” under his nose that’s a blob of metal is likely a die chip of some sort — that’s not a misplaced mintmark. It’s probably not something that would be worth much, if anything over face, especially due to the coin’s poor overall condition. But it might be worth holding aside in case you ever wanted to sell it and could find a collector who’s interested in buying unusual pieces like this.

      Thanks for reaching out!
      Josh

  35. Hi Joshua, Thank You for answering my last question, my computer was messed up an couldn’t Thank https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4e50660f580aa83c1bfb5dc8b984eddc31ad4ba6ac8a1a4d605dddbc2be11308.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c874e8a72cd69881b3c587be6f478245667fdec76d3015f6aa7a6593cf705353.jpg You at the time.
    I have another if you would please.

    I came across a 1980 D Lincoln Cent an on the Reverse in UNITED There is a Letter S I believe over the Letter D. The Coin is a deep dark red so the pics are a little dark but you can still clearly see the letter S. Is this an Error in your opinion? Then in LIBERTY the letter T looks like a letter F, that one is kinda a iffy but ill post a picture. Thank you as always for your help. Kim
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    1. Hi, Kim —

      The word UNITED looks a little weak to me, but in these photos I’m afraid I don’t see any indication of the “S” over the “D.” What I do believe I see is possible mild corrosion on the surface of this coin, which is evidenced by what looks like pitting across the surface. At the very least this piece is worth about 2 cents for its copper value.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

  36. HI Joshua, Im sorry I shouldn’t have said S over D. What I was saying was It looks like the D in UNITED was replaced with the Letter S. Because if you look at it it clearly looks to be a letter S, well it does to me anyway.. I think you thought I was talking about the mint mark? Is it possible that it could even be a wrong letter?? Or would something like that never happen? I know they are stamped into the coin so it really would seem highly unlikely that it could happen but when you see the letter its hard not to think that it isn’t a different letter. If this makes sense to you. If you tell me that it is impossible then I will always know and won’t look for such mistakes like this no more. If you were to pull the letter S down where there is a small gap it would be the same letter S that is in STATES right next to it. Thanks Joshua

    1. Hi, Kim —

      Yes, the “D” in the word “UNITED” looks like a “D” to me. A little misshapen perhaps due to surface corrosion, but it’s unfortunately not a misstamp. When it comes to matters like this, it’s not to say that anything is impossible — and I always recommend looking for anything unusual — but on modern coins letters being switched out is just not something that was done. The designs were carefully crafted using precise mechanical and, later digital, devices and then reproduced from the hub onto hundreds or thousands of dies. So letters on inscriptions and such weren’t randomly swapped around on one or two coins. If there’s ever the appearance of a typo, it’s either due to a rare mint error in the striking process misshaping the letter or, as in the case of this coin here, post-mint damage altering the appearance of the letter.

      HOWEVER, such errors DID happen with older US coins, and in fact there are several involving the inscription “LIBERTY” appearing as “LIKERTY” on some of the early Draped Bust coinage. Why? Because the dies were in most cases individually hand engraved, and typos as well as other mistakes happened. Pretty neat stuff!

      I say keep on looking for anything unusual. But that when it comes to what looks like letters getting swapped out and such on modern coin, in most cases it’s due to something happening to the coin that makes the letter appear misshapen… Then it comes down to figuring out WHAT type of damage or strike error would have made that happen.

      Keep on searching!
      Josh

  37. Thank you so much for that information. It all makes sense to me but as you were saying how some coins did have that mistake, that’s were I was getting things confused. Why some did and why some didn’t and couldn’t have been made that way. That Post Mint Damage sure can be decieving sometimes. Thanks again

    1. Hi Kim,

      Post mint damage can be very deceiving, but as you train your eye more and more, especially over many years, it’s something you’ll be able to pick out much more easily. There are a lot of great books and websites on the topic, which I can recommend if you’d like.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

  38. Yes, that would be great to have more info on them. If you also have some info on Clad Coins and how to tell them apart from environmental damage, and how to tell if a coin is printed on a foreign metal?? There are some coins that people find that are on a foreign planchet which are the same color, same size, no extra printing on them, just that the metal content is a little different. I just seen one where it was big news but forget which site I seen it at, I think it was on couch collectables on youtube but not sure.
    I find info on a lot of that stuff but i’m a hands on kinda persons, if I have one to hold and look at then Im on my way with that kind. You have taught me a lot through the last couple of years just by identifying what I had so I new what I had and am learning from that, I thank you for that. Kim

    1. Hey, Kim —

      The foreign planchets are noramlly determined by weight of the coin. You’ll need a gram scale that measures in increments of AT LEAST .1 gram to do this. As for environmental damage, in most cases if the coin is black or very dark, shows pitting, or other problems like that, it’s environmental damage. For the less obvious, it may just be best to post photos here so I can see — I’ll look at a couple at a time if you’d like!

      Here’s some more info that you may find helpful: https://www.ngccoin.com/news/article/5630/NCS-conservation/

      Have a great weekend!
      Josh

      1. Hi Joshua, OK I did some looking and reading on the Missing Clad Coins from the info you sent me and I am sending a first set of coins that are missing both sides and are of normal weight so I No they Cannot be missing the clad layers.
        The coins are a dark brown, shinny and smooth looking, on the info you gave me and because of normal weight I’m thinking they Are environmental damage
        OR
        could they possibly be the coins that are rolled to the thickness of the clad strip where the planchet weight would be normal?? The edge of the coins are of the same color as obverse and reverse of coins. I will keep the coins in order from date to date. There is 1 Washington Quarter and 2 Roosevelt Dimes. Thank you Joshua for your help. Kim https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/682c1c20a6094200505e95ab2516aa4397b40f87906ab75cfa7591af89835391.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/23ed8d18116e23cd063d4037f31e9ad2b95bd2cd7491f7d29262449a7a004f3b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/02774d900c05622bbae132c6e932936d9e2b46fe66e859c1cde8a19373868ea8.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0d1b0236688624c1bf1daca478bd95acc9b31de0e90138afa86130f8b721f1d9.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/50f9452fdb96fb622ddac6d00e1b6ca84e973bd94e3f92498fb2180d91d5445e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f50bdcf298fb7ab5ed368538078479056a92ea3c674b6a363ecd4d26a14a323b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f9f0fd4c383b85874e0c11b94c3f736e32244d68c33b66a5d56a0dd2df7cfba2.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8fded5f7e5b7e807d31ff00e0ef57e207d197596afbc674402ef4102756c1cf8.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/063a3478f7bd4cf2c54cc6e4137d6abcc4bd4f44acb9ed9ee14413535596f90c.jpg

        1. Hi, Kim —

          Your first inclination is correct — these coins have environmental damage and the browns and other colors you’re seeing are various forms of corrosion and other surface damage. These pieces are worth face value.

          You’re going to find that most of the “unusual” coins with odd colors and other similar surface attributes are just damaged, if not from chemicals then extreme heat or other forces like that. Building your knowledge as you are on these types of coins will help you separate the common and damaged stuff from the truly rare and erroneous!

          Keep at it!
          -Josh

  39. Hi Joshua, I actually have a few coins I would like your opinion on if you would please. This is a 1983 D Roosevelt Dime.
    What I first noticed was the 3 was into the rim or collar of the coin and I have not seen another one like that in that year of coin. Then as I got a closer look at the coin the number 3 looks a little strange like maybe it was suppose to be a number 2 ??
    While Looking at it, it looks like there is a notch at the top of the 3 just after the first loop almost like it was pushed back. ( I put arrows showing the notch cut out) Or it almost looks like it could be leafs?? The Coin itself to me seems a little thinner, it is all copper all the way around the Rim with only spots of silver showing on the edge although the obverse and reverse are all Clad, and the coin weighs in at 2.3 So what do you think about this coin?? Thanks Joshua PS I am also posting another dime that has Reading lines on the face of the coin.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75cc041076b1a09587c0079ed598cdc83998e76bcae74c78bad696ac803016dd.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af48aed0da74cfefb28e33fcec6cdfc224b4780295f8353648790b50ce37826f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/682082c07e905aa2095e8515d0b303df18e4876ed27771b8be118cfeddac3186.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03a9a223287ffe575528fde17e0bb05bb14d017585944704d12c45eefd7e22c7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6509a82f3ca5c6a72c054db792327e6b55c2367e148b4e7eb2f5ac457beae627.jpg

    1. Hi, Kim —

      As for the color of the rim and the location of the date, I’ve seen others like this. It’s a wholly normal 1983 dime, of worn a bit. The weight, 2.3 grams, is within normal tolerances. The date appears to be worn into the rim, but the entirety of the “3” font is also normal. Overall the coin seems to exhibit some heavy edge wear, which tends to expose more of the coin’s copper core. I’m trying to visualize what you’re pointing out with the arrows but would need to please see this section of the coin in the context of the whole face to see what other clues might be nearby.

      Thanks!
      Josh

  40. Hi Joshua, Her is my second question on a 1985 P Roosevelt Dime, Notice the Reading edge marks on the Obverse face of the coin, Would this be considered a off center Coin or is this something entirely different? If it is an error would it be considered a Rare error since I cannot find another one like it on line anywhere. LOL Also this dime weighs 2.3 and it to is almost completely copper color on the reading edge all the way around it . Thank you for your help as always Kim https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/51be6cab0f75aac9a96c530339b5cd963a8b567dbe0c2c9fcce8761581fbc314.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/88eb140a6b2aa04dc8578b9b93fa4b1c0af30ac9f384b33308d1af2a7f90ea02.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/003312f6d24a4bd3d7a3663be8de2f2a949fb0eaf285dbee45d4513a0409b765.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05966d67d3fde3da69275c7d70370315af840655a72e7ae1549533ce7ad311f0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/003687e7b8835228defbaa6382e09d11e4f1b97e1643f03514ec4106b3db404a.jpg

    1. Hi, Kim —

      Looks like a minor die alignment issue… These are relatively common (even if you can’t find much about them online ha ha) but are neat. Some error collectors will pay an extra buck or two for them. The weight checks out, so the coin’s metallic composition is normal; sometimes the copper core dominates the coloration of the edge, which happens frequently with clad coins.

      Cool find!
      Josh

  41. Hi Joshua, I came across a 1990 D Lincoln Cent that I think may be a DDR but this is where I need your https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f7d915229cd45af6c4b11083605536b46984ed2cae76551eba50189b2881471f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/526a3378c0781aad9afdc69ec0bde1876f29dcae619d08707ff4abb4dfdcb51c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f7d915229cd45af6c4b11083605536b46984ed2cae76551eba50189b2881471f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0fcb81ae8c95df455196451e107bfbfc7faaaed9e5a49f956527dd8132dc8fcd.jpg Expertise Please, because I am not sure if this is what I have. Thank you for your Time as always
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  42. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d144a2a2584f3ffe341c91b8a27d73dd02762176b655bad7c738254d6c25eed2.jpg Hi Joshua, I came across a 1990 D Lincoln DDR I think?? Would you have time to take a look an let me know what I have for sure if this is a DD or if its PMD maybe? In one of the pics i post please note the C and A in America and the extra colum on the Memorial Building. Thank you so much Kim https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/06e1381312f08a64e8b18fcbea6ee56c256f67f2448b5b6b44a4eccd60f1dae2.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b2bcd08ef150af688d720f77af47809591e6ccc982e9a8c3a6ab6130336900e5.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d144a2a2584f3ffe341c91b8a27d73dd02762176b655bad7c738254d6c25eed2.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f7d915229cd45af6c4b11083605536b46984ed2cae76551eba50189b2881471f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a69d986d3239640216c0515b5e291e5351e833475b99671acfb7f8d07cdb8b5.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c6a7866a3738e6e6a0842c032e1219964d719b11965f888ac589e997bea4ad05.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c58907a8e8e82336dfe22408186a026ccefb94074b82e35de237173f9d7204df.jpg

    1. Hey there,

      Would you please send me a a clear photo of the entire coin, too? Both sides? I need to see this in the context of the larger coin, too, so I can get a better idea as to what is going on and can hopefully help you further.

      Thank you!
      Josh

      1. Morning Josh,
        Thank you for checking this out for me. I think I got enough of the coin in the picture for you to see without them being to blurry I hope. Thank you as always , I do appreciate your time and help. Kim https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a9aa48cbf50ae42ae06c6bff26b0c64ba1a30c91b54188cdc8b463b9417b29b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc524b9d8fd045d5f8b288e17de971e1355f47d8ab37ab7b6027e4f11d0f5560.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/82773ee4029aaee2def2e33bb1d8ca0b35d2023a48aa3e22a5d8a64b2f254c8a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b1b2165229fcc2f4bfcb24f0596e871b2b29bfdc5a3c4f4b0d4854c67124b91a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3d42d1aba57c0709b83f149b8c67e34b06b38a406f3f2f341746e268491b7499.jpg

        1. Hey, Kim —

          This is definitely post-Mint damage and it looks the most like, possibly, adhesive from being glued onto something. I bet if you soak this in acetone a lot of that reverse will return to normal, except for maybe that gash over the E of STATES.

          Best wishes,
          Josh

      2. Morning Josh, I Thank You for your help. Yes I agree on the the glue, I was only looking at all the extra metal that was pushed around and that being said that is exactly why it is PMD Correct? Thanks again

  43. Hi Joshua, this is a 1929 D over S it looks like t me? could you give me your opinion If you zoom in close you can see the letter S under the D pretty clearly. Also looks like doubling on the Date the number 1 Thank you Kim
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    1. Hi, Kim —

      While the doubling appears to be some light machine doubling, I definitely do see an “S” there. Something worth getting attributed perhaps! I am not sure how scarce this particular variety would be, but I’ve seen similar pieces not listed in the major catalogs trade for $20 and more.

      Very nice find!
      Josh

  44. Hi Joshua, would you give me your opinion on this 2000 D OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN State Quarter. Is this Doubling on the Reverse Side? Highlight The F in OF , The Stars and the rest of the letters https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a129729e0123cc8025d4eb3197b25f68515ce16c813dc24066552b2234f03e8.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7f7d567cc7bd0ec2966ad769062d5c3b69349e0ccf88a4b713050f132348f3fe.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a5ab715f1f18fd2af930c5c9651955884b97b2f0229b491a0846afeb3917a1e5.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fda1089bfbd9745d9f632fdee95ca3904e014ba6140291f6e7d0c80cec2c9584.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d68b0b6ad20735aead5392dd20f60afcc87099a7d36342f445794afee1882848.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2b052ab716d7274ea92eda45c274f524ab64475d8f5b32a179a22cfd8919cf7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e0e306870c4366a949cfc0c324dca6e185a6d10b9fdee02d838c3b50b8c0d9c1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/26e2f41f0c3a134fbd117e37f976ca53ef1305dd86086c23ec16407f8d7c2878.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed104ad43e99ec671b53625ff7a2da4e1db893ce6bbe00121935498cda639fdf.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d73d41c6077b3de93ea5fcd87904bdeb8c9331e322bc6e25dc99e3df91598024.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c1c3c6b05a800a9c6ac1cf2e26cd555245c2b70101d552e15d7457a29b56d25e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/83e56d709f94d204f54c89b1bfb0cd569c71bf954ca106323ec2e0d8bd513847.jpg

    1. Hi, Totosue —

      Based on what I see here this coin has machine doubling, though you could always get a second opinion from the experts at VarietyVista.com.

      Thank you,
      Josh

  45. Hi Joshua
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/21a0ed1362ceef757111def5bba618238326edd38ca7ce1df60ebae8bea2eea7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e6c2e1c0ccf8ee1c77a82bca952b3827366268d95636f1527d99785afef9f29f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/93a7913251b6c0ace7851f684aa1c7c141f094d26f1c0306f1b3452bd3b40e2b.jpg Thank you for answering ALL my Question’s I come to you with, you have No idea how much i do Appreciate your Help.
    With that being said I’m hoping you can help me with a couple of different questions again or your Opinion.
    I have a 1988 D Lincoln Cent that looks to me, like he https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/045a444214a605d7ec0d64ba2650ccacf1fa4aaaad6559bd38daf024eac06f3d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0cd6404f7f8c9a9601f095f5fd762a3ed7538e90b85051f99525584b2954ac99.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7fe39cba3bce79b22e55c520d8e74d909fa675d2cdd9d4bcd20eb8cb7baf2491.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa8a09731ad84dd40ca4698193ce156481b93a7d48a07eed270db9b579c86af4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c98f7b9725bc3626af3ddf85a46d034c11e963937bacbc6bd05113ea298ed4ee.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/47c1fde612400d98fe7eb7a705e5cc6ddfdfce5daf7503a5364f7582c44f092e.jpg has another Mint Mark letter D just in front of his face. Along with some I believe damage to the coin.?? Also another Letter V under the W in WE.

    Then my second coin 2) is a 1958 D Lincoln Cent,
    On the Reverse side, Looking at the Wheat Stock on the Left Side, very top it looks like one of the Leaves are Doubled.
    I know for sure that the 1 single leaf is Thicker and Higher then the rest of the Leaves and sticks out like a sore thumb. Could this be just because it never got worn down like the Rest?? What do you think?
    If you look close it almost looks like another leaf under it but I’m not sure about that either. It just seems weird that all the leaves on both sides would get worn down except for 1 single leaf not to say its impossible.
    Thank you as always Kim

    1. Hi, Kim —

      It’s good to hear from you and thank you for reaching out. The little extra blob of metal on the wheat ear on the 1958-D penny looks like it was dislodged somehow through damage; I can tell because this piece of the coin appears lighter in color than the surrounding area in at least two photos, suggesting it has not been exposed to the elements as long as the rest of the coin. This chunk of metal could’ve been shifted upward due to a hit to this part of the coin.

      The 1988-D Lincoln cent has some heavy porosity, causing bubbling on the surface near Lincoln’s face. Unfortunately these post-1981 copper-plated zinc cents are notorious for this type of post-mint damage; they often corrode from the inside out due to the metallic composition and how they erode when exposed to heat, moisture, etc.

      All my best,
      Josh

  46. Hi Joshua,
    First of all Thank you for your answers on my last questions. I have something a little different this time, I think I have a 1985 D Lincoln Die clash and possibly a 1969 D Jefferson Nickel Die Clash.
    I decided to start going through some of my change again that I had first started out with sometime back and found these 2 right off the bat yesterday.
    So if you would Please give your opinion if you have time. Thank you as always Kim https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8f3235451cbb352798d50c5bdbb4370ac61a2da2da9e5afb6f67c286b622965d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4bbc013386c1651390f0be98d8b830dd0ef437b185a25383abf081e3cc0655bc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ca7866909172c770c81d05f55de6022dcce0ba637a9e82a85eea661d4200fe10.jpg https:// https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2bfd0c852a1768bc3d72b36a2425990cdcfeacecd14cdf5003e03da4b54486bb.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6cd50f7c571beef0a3cc3b7e5cb70ea2d8a2c731bf6e65e80f0ae90340d26907.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/62d43b5bb75909928aff4eb700da6dd6202f7146f68212a2caf05842dc47cdcd.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5830e518dc6dd30fa3ac3bee9b0a8b6e270085fcba3225e2d3f64af11c660406.jpg uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a61ec8206f3a42915cddcf29b5ed7d7a276d9a548fd3ba75816743081282ee6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aed23df231be1ba4c2531420e9a75023b09d05538b25e0605b3fc8d87d831660.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/652a4daba40bbe7b2c495d8c2f25bc76699af909af7a3516c412eb5304b47adb.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/63af06366d5ff42022c69530842b636e21b0700c353073841f88fafe5ce5a9d9.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05290aafbc727326b393066991d9e280ab9745855463d1c53fd5e46071038ab4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6f8bc59ef572bff3546c0f026db83dd7fd49fa5ffc215c5a5c7db1a996237e81.jpg

    1. Hi, Kim —

      Unfortunately all of these coin pictured show various types of post-mint damage and have no extra value. I would imagine it might be frustrating when the oddities you find in circulation come back as not being of any extra value. As it is, the vast majority of “odd” coins anybody will find in circulation are merely damaged. However, I encourage you to read this article on the various types of error and variety coins you really can find in circulation: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/error_coins-2/ . It will help narrow your focus on the types of odd coins that are truly errors and worth more than face value.

      Good luck!
      Josh

      1. https://media0.giphy.com/media/ZEgBHVeRlmTqjCPlqx/giphy.gif

        Oh what a bummer for me.
        Thank you for your help as always. Your the Best!

        I did go check out the info you told me too. Well the way I look at it I guess, by finding the coin and then reading info about it, I learned about die clashes.
        Not to say I’m a pro at it now or nothing cause I’m far from that (I am a hands on learner, so without the coin I found I probable wouldn’t have still known what they actually were, as I needed to compare it to a real Die Clash)

        So you see you still helped me Learn and understand about Die Clashes.

        Thank you Josh for all your help! even if it is bad news for me.
        Kim

        1. Hi, Kim!

          You’re most welcome! Yes, I’m sorry for the bad news on the coins you’ve found so far but now you know what to look for — things that can be worth some serious money!

          Best of luck,
          Josh

          1. Hey bbn Josh sorry but and new here I try to m.j take a question to you about 1940 nickel

          2. Hi, Xavier —

            What’s your question? I’d be glad to answer it here in the comments forum!

            Thanks,
            Josh

          3. Hi, Xavier —

            You can upload them here in jpg or png formats of 2 mb or less… Be sure you click the little rectangular photo upload bottom near the comment box!

            Thanks,
            Josh

  47. Morning Joshua,
    I have a question about the date on a 1988 Lincoln Cent I found. It’s probably nothing but I no there are Large Dates and Small Dates on coins and on this particular Lincoln Penny I have I had noticed that on the(First Number 8) the Top Inside Loop is Bigger than the (2nd Inside 8 loop) .
    I measured it and it for sure is bigger and the other 1988 Lincoln cents I have all are smaller then this one penny.
    So I went looking for other coins with 1988 and I came across a Dime that have the same Kind of 8’s as this Penny I have, the top inside part of the 8 is bigger then the second 8. I hope I’m making sense to you. LOL Anyway here is the 1988 Lincoln in Question and the only one I can find of its Kind in all my 1988 Lincoln cents I have compared it to. I just found it interesting and am probably sure its nothing but I still needed to find out.
    Thank you Josh https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/91c3a2ca4fb8ad8d59d8bb67326fc021d1976cc006fc860ff29b939b2eb096b9.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b931510b38802f88195a764b63f8a8c319137adc0e2ab1985326e6a63785bab.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/91aabaff60d4bfdd064ae11063c450eea13bbcb405de3bcb35ea3e44bdccb6aa.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b799c9f640e5bb2936ecf14b138164852127c44b9b117967021963aa33295f21.jpg

    1. Hi there,

      In the comparison photos, the 1988 cent demarcated as “regular 8s” is showing some surface scuffing and that’s affecting the appearance of the loops of the “8”s. I myself am not in a position to formally attribute new varieties. However, it may be something you could run by the variety experts at CONECA (www.varietyvista.com); perhaps they could confirm if there is anything warranting the attribution of a new variety.

      Fingers crossed,
      Josh

  48. Hi Joshua,
    i know you probably only do coin errors, I have a question about a $20 dollar bill I came across and since I don’t usually look for errors on Notes I don’t know who to ask so I’m taking a stab in the dark hoping maybe you can tell me what you think about this.
    I found a $20 dollar bill that has Numbers under the Presidents nose, the numbers are too small to be Serial Numbers, too big to be date numbers. So I thought there can be no way this can be a mistake or at least I don’t think so. But as i got looking closer at it it looks as though the black Printing ink that should be on the note, is actually over the top of the extra numbers on it that shouldn’t be there. So that makes me think the numbers where on the note first before the bill got printed. Here are some pics. If you have an opinion I would love to know what you think. PS the little tiny black circular dot is nothing, its a glitch in my usb camera..
    Thanks Josh https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9049051bcde8e857ca7273258cce85d0dac62d74db0654566802aae0d0fff875.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c3a25daeae5e63f7677fd29e2984651377570b02957efd990710c8cf6f37a16b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/91164e16f83eb0d040f9b984ee64c21d482d08091c67ad4d45f9320c1b5593dc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b655df85912f2e51bfdc937cccf3919a9bc1f65bd28aea23f852fc1cad563d65.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/77db9e0bfff8da3f383e5c47a83b7cd2c3334e10fef622122903b663b145e426.jpg

    1. While knowledgeable on coins I’m afraid I can’t offer much insight here on this note. You might consider posting this question and these photos to a currency forum such as this one: https://www.coincommunity.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=8

      Good luck!
      Josh

  49. Morning Joshua, I have a 1970 S Lincoln Cent that I believe is either a weak strike or filled die or maybe its just damage. If you don’t mind taking a look at it and give your opinion I could sure use your expertise once again Please and Thank you. I tried to take lots of pics, also the coin is a bit thinner to one side than the other but not a lot. PS If this is a mistake coin is it something I should send in? or not that big of a deal?https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4479106e1515ae58870062b87a61a9978546236e6b782005a8dd4abaf7e44211.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e0e20904115ffd4ebaa6dc7a528419cd22f4f52fd710022cd5f0cd7f207c9f0e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a481daae2d94445c92e4f6dbbf2943a7169483f70923ae378a442ebe80338e1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/872caac0118bc5d82e86f73d1f6c41db7e29014fa0ea5808898a3b68b5f7e1ee.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/491365d130731780974b9bcb9c998582305689952a17ab07c71ff033f721c907.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/934f92bafdbb3f07aa342640ef5583e2713d643b8c130defabe3461ee17a18cf.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4434e2e9c1374edc8452590f57a12ce2f87222815088ab8d3a8ec2089410b04.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e49b180dad0a56b39414681e76765b1b27538ecdca308de01d244beaf51729f0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7ea88f39e19fcae748c13e180ab32277b920548adb06e7deb172ac94208bc69.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/94472c83386b13f2e224413009a0093a45db52f9f59590a62c08b14ae1a54243.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/153c7429256099d031699b039f7a3cc4d1e9c166b60cce4bdf91e5b067fa65bd.jpg

    1. Hello!

      Hmm… I’m not a variety/error attributor but certain diagnostics, particularly the missing or nearly absent letters do point to a grease-filled die. Before spending $30+ on grading services see if you can get a second opinion by CONECA (www.varietyvista.com).

      Cool find!
      Josh

  50. HI Joshua,
    If you don’t mind I have a few Questions about 1989 D Lincoln Cent (Possible DDO ?)

    Biggest Question, Do all Double Die Cents, have to have a split in the Doubling of the Letter or number? to be considered a Double die

    If so, are those that I have marked Red on the Coin Considered Splits?

    Also on the Rim of a Coin sometimes it looks like the Copper or Clad sometimes looks like it melted over the edge if you look at the Rim on the Coin Picture I have Cropped you can see what i’m talking about, is this some sort of a die break? or other error?

    Thank you so much as always, your a great teacher.
    Kim

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    1. Hi, Kim —

      I appreciate your kind words and reaching out… Only doubled dies involving lettering and numbers will require that there be splits in the serifs and such. But even doubled dies evident only in device details (such as Lincoln’s ear on the popular 1984 cent variety) still need to show distinct doubling of the primary affected design elements.

      With the possible exception of the second image (doubling in God? Not sure with the lighting…) all the pieces you pictured here all appear to be machine doubling.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

      1. Hey !! Was hoping to get any information about this and possible value. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/643677de3534c4ed73c0138c0bdad30dc3f0b68205dca9a5c6e9ef1edbf4b18f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/753f6bb3e10885cf034674c120ca26b08c434ce9be659f297172038fcc1ca0ec.jpg

        1. Hi, Bri —

          I’d be glad to help with the value of 3 to 5 coins… Would you please list select 3-5 coins you wish to know more about along with posting clear photos of them here so I could help further?

          Thanks,
          Josh

  51. Hi Joshua, I have a coin question but I cannot submit a pic because even though it says i’m signed in, when I go to drop a picture, it says you must be logged in???? I’ve tried several things and nothing works, do you no what’s happening?

    1. Hi, Kim —

      While I’m not trained in Disqus tech support and am unable to assist with technology issues on the backend, I might suggest refreshing your browser and trying again. You can upload JPG and PNG images up to 2mb each. Hope this helps!

      Good luck!
      Josh

        1. Hi, Aamir —

          If you want to sell coins I suggest listing them in an online auction website like eBay or selling them to a coin dealer. Here’s more info you might find helpful: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coins_for_sale/

          Best wishes,
          Josh

  52. Hi Joshua First I want to Thank you for answering my last question. I Have another about 1983 D Lincoln, Looking at the top Obverse side just above God would you say that those are rim cuds?? or die chips, stress or not an error. Thank You

    1. Hi, Kim —

      That is an error of some type, and they appear to be chips. I’m hesitant to label them as cuds, which usually imply a died break whose prominent surface is flush with the rim. I’m not sure if this would really bring any premium because, as I’ve always professed, error coins don’t trade for “regular” market prices and are especially dependent on how much an individual collector is willing to pay. However, this is something I’d hold aside.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

  53. Hi there… I’m hoping you can help me….I have a penny I need help with.

    The word liberty is spelled libertv…. it’s clear as day it’s a 1955 d lincoln penny Any thoughts ? Thank you

    1. Hi, John —

      Would you please post a clear photo of this 1955-D penny here so I can ascertain what’s going on with your coin and provide further help?

      Thank you,
      Josh

      1. No problem https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b4bc07822ab2b268420df0871e595ebd9f50091c2a43edbb0d9f27d0f85438c0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/44116bd6d280fc681566870007b463e5972b77aa5d85dec7620c5d136bb519bf.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/325bad21c5688991d55b6a0dec527a60c9c50533419dc3de5cf19a59aa0113c4.jpg

        1. Hi, John —

          Unfortunately the appearance of a “V” at the end of “LIBERTY” isn’t the result of a mint error. It appears that the “Y” in “LIBERTY” took some damage in circulation, causing the appearance of a “V.”

          Best wishes,
          Josh

          1. Ok…. well I cant thank you enough for your time and knowledge ……THANK YOU SO MUCH ……Off to find something worth something !!

  54. Good morning by chance can you tell me more about these coins? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8eb33b98860896231c3a0a48dd636e661b0fd632700c0b42a46e48e3eafb7305.jpg

    1. Good morning, Robert —

      Here’s more info about the three coins you posted:

      1776-1976 Bicentennial dollar — https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/bicentennial_coins-2/
      Standing Liberty quarter — https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/standing_liberty_quarter/
      2020 American Samoa Quarter — https://www.usmint.gov/news/inside-the-mint/first-2020-america-the-beautiful-quarter-celebrates-the-national-park-of-american-samoa

      Hope this info helps!
      Josh

  55. Hi Joshua, I have had this 1974 S Lincoln Cent that looks to me like S over D ?? what are your thoughts on this if you don’t mind me asking.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/940104e42e0bc15b70caa2b1ffbebc4eae0df6f708679440320f226570631e5a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/57bbfd3a66ef7aa0549feeee1c386ecc792003e6f1f9632bfddf305b32e49a89.jpg

    1. Hi, Kim —

      This is a heavily worn “S” mintmark, and they tend to take on this blocky look with wear.

      Thanks for reaching out,
      Josh

  56. Hey Joshua it’s me John again I have a 1943 steel penny I believe……. would you mind having a look and maybe help me out with some of your knowledge …..if you have the time thank you!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/497cb892e2fbcc95b2f390bf44e2270bf4a45666d0adb5ebdffade37664bf8e0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1a46438f99d679c97752efe9632d7d3f56e90c0fcc07ea6e56e28ef8f479e695.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b17cb5f6701fa8003ea23df8ae8ce52daa253727f3750a4795a7b2e849198a6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea70980fc7ff2bfdb73609ab877356b7e4289fd06540cda6894f734f6182882b.jpg

    1. Nice find, John!

      We’ve got a whole bunch of information on the 1943 steel penny, including this article with values: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/1943-penny-value/

      Best,
      Josh

  57. Hi Joshua, I have a 1971 D Lincoln that appears like it possibly had the date struck over a date , Im not sure what is going on but looking at it closely it looks like other numbers. Also there is what looks like miniature numbers on the coin I have a arrow pointing to them. The date looks like there is a S over the 1. Better if you look then if I try to explain. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75419764518971db28b9030028393e41f504aa31148aa6e6f46e9f953982d55b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/714a1e618f7b14fd81e0baf01f534de7ce30fd0e1f4cd1e6729608b8e1701b07.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99402461fb8ceb44c03e5eda21afb49ae20ffe3629cc50c41bfcbc56bafe972a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de9b5058764e0bea484d516f27cce39ed2e39cd891dfe506b8781ca80266b217.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2f906496fe4d7c2e38a86c02544dbaa2be2c3dc01c55d48da9fee3ed7e23e22b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd242592300a525ed8a9095166df1bb692e6a3656e53c3b0ce5ca5dc2ba655f9.jpg

    1. Hi, Kim —

      Unfortunately, this is a 1971-D penny with some very heavy post-mint damage on the area of the date, which has been nearly obliterated from the surface. This is evidenced by the heavy marks in and around the date.

      As a consolation, this piece is still worth more than face value due to its copper content, around 2 to 3 cents. Maybe not much, but it’s not a total dud!

      Best wishes,
      Josh

  58. Hi Joshua, I found a 1987 D Lincoln Cent some time ago and its got best of me about asking you if this is something to look into or just another non error. On the Reverse the next ledge above where the first set of FG initials are looks to be another Set of Initials FG ?? I’m not sure if this is possible so that’s why I’m asking. I also have another interesting Lincoln cent that looks to have 8. serial numbers printed on the Obverse side, Have you ever heard of anything like that?? Thank you so much as always for your time and help . Kim https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f69ed5515238b157f0a5bb2eef99e4e1dc25f6fa1e51191bdd0e2112fb500f63.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/266535717cdf43d9c55532530738ef936bdff040fea134af9d91655e38bab357.jpg

    1. Hi, Kim —

      I’d need to please see the whole surface of the obverse to get a better sense as to what’s going on with the appearance of the numbers, etc. At this point, I see a bunch of striations which look to be post-mint damage in the single photo I see here but can’t seem to find evidence of the numbers.

      As for the FG, the closeup is fuzzy, but the appearance of doubling may be the diagnostic of a doubled die. You might want to send that by the experts at CONECA to see if they can attribute that to a new or obscure variety. Their website is www.varietyvista.com.

      Fingers crossed!
      Josh

  59. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5189295829f8f582750bd68ec2af72b1fe2e4e7572347abf9081d339a4b7d22.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/00d687586b13486512af1c20e2cca4116578417f05938e07a6ac7b4bf1dcd67f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3567a14086d864ba7ffe46641f2b726f74e87d4289cc791532c69b8db53f082f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/65a03eefc7ca6b9d52db352af24127fc379834b753825a43310ff79d2da7f220.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c9cdae7ce7da23a5d8f549860c838e21509e335a90b911ea63e34ae782a2dbfc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a053dcccba0264b47113e6b20d9d088f65353deda1b7a946c558d9265dab505.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/091be9bf9bccd1541aa4fdacbaabd3f71ad91b2fba9dcead4f25f104ae024901.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1cbd2b32962eeb4e96485628f55e75f8dd69036cf9332a03db112b075dd01820.jpg
    Hi Josh, here is a interesting one, its a 1983D Lincoln Cent, Would this be considered Struck through Debris or a Strike Through> ?? Not Post Mint Damage…right, Thank You Kim Oh and it weights 2.35

    1. Hi, Kim —

      Unfortunately this appears to be environmental damage… More specifically, it looks like a form of porosity or pitting. Struck-through errors refer to a portion of the design being obliterated by a foreign material, like grease or fabric on the die.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

  60. So how can a person tell if it’s struck through foreign Material? When I look at the coin I was showing you I see consistent circular pattern all through the coin. Also for it to be a struck through (like Cloth or other) the marks have to be raised Correct?? I mean the marks cannot just be a Design that is completely flat on the coin Correct., Here is an example of what Im trying to ask or say, (There really cool looking Coins if nothing else) LOL Thank you for helping. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa91d470e9500edb63cb39d1db514110bb42733a56adf6e983dbc8c157b7666b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ebe10f931affcb6b0647e090fcc0d5e3aeeaa3436a2ab8591907ba4469830b88.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c361390df32232ed5ed27ca0b90bd6b00ad868d20a5b81398d7683ccf2249709.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/034ceb9bb5277142dcf9f18464e343d460b42c9db3ece246079acc8fd500d90d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3f39371a6738d70ceb225b11173c45b7df7284e937974d9b20d59641ecfea6ba.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ffd9be24fbe5abf3d36fc68557096cfe72e4792d17290075cbce8bfd5ff5e7d4.jpg

    1. Kim,

      The dime you showed me was misshapen but had a fully struck reeded edge, which means the coin was minted perfectly within its retaining collar and left the mint in normal shape and condition. Something happened to the coin after it left the mint that flattened out the coin and gave it an oblong shape. There is no way that could’ve possibly happened at the mint while still giving the coin a complete, reeded edge.

      In this case, the coin pictured here shows discoloration — including telltale fingerprints from mishandling. It’s indeed a neat-looking coin but unfortunately not a strike-through error. Here’s more info on identifying errors versus coins with post-mint damage: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/pmd/

      Best wishes,
      Josh

      1. emm, wasn’t me who asked you about a Dime, LOL I was asking about strike through coins and either I didn’t word the question right or maybe you just didn’t understand what I was asking but it is totally understandable because you must get really tired of answering the same coin questions everyday..I’ll figure it out sooner or later. A Thank You just the same.

        1. Oh my gosh, Kim! My apologies… While my reply to you about your Lincoln cents with the discoloration patterns remains the same (not strike throughs) I am trying to figure out why I thought you had posted about an ovoid dime that I had seen here posted just the other day. I enjoy replying to these questions but sometimes I see posts clustered together by various readers and must’ve transposed something in my mind. Oh well…

          Thanks for your understanding,
          Josh

  61. I have a 1880 S Morgan Dollar that I have attached the obverse and reverse here. The eagle on the reverse has a solid line instead of what I would have thought was a “spitting” eagle. Can you tell me if you have ever seen this before?
    Thank you
    Marilyn https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/130a1aa15be14eb85e5dc3f485095b670aab50f5c0c8214be33cd5ab8582911a.jpg

    1. Hi, Marilyn —

      I’m not an expert on the many various Morgan dollar VAM varieties, but yours certainly looks like a keeper. You might want to submit this photo to a variety expert at CONECA (www.varietyvista.com) for attribution of this die break.

      Good luck!
      Josh

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