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#1 Unread post by mija.valdez » Tue May 16, 2017 11:17 am

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#2 Unread post by mhonzell » Tue May 16, 2017 11:31 pm

Howdy, and welcome.

Unfortunately, this is a very badly damaged Lincoln cent. I can make out the columns on the Lincoln memorial, which would make this the reverse side of the coin.

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#3 Unread post by PetesPockets55 » Wed May 17, 2017 9:54 pm

Welcome!
Well done Mark. I could see what looked like "zinc rot" even without enlarging the image.
Mija, in case you're not familiar with "zinc rot", Lincoln cents were produced with a copper plating over a zinc core, beginning about half way through 1982 until the present. The "rot" can start when the interior zinc starts to corrode and dissolve because of a break in the copper plating. The zinc can leach out and hide the details of the coin and really look atrocious.

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#4 Unread post by Daniel » Fri May 19, 2017 5:54 am

I agree, the coin was mounted on something maybe, but it is damaged.

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