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Is this Lincoln Cent an error or FAKE?

I came across this Penny about 6 months ago and I was just wondering what could have caused the x image with the Stars, almost like a Confederate flag type deal on the obverse. I've researched but being an amateur I haven't come across anything so I'm starting to lean to this being a fake. Does a coin even exist with that type of Confederate x star image?

Thanks kindly for any feedback


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  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 29,066 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Post mint damage, or if you like it, a counterstamp. It did not leave the mint that way.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible.
  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 4,340 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Neither an error nor a fake. It's been damaged. The hunt continues. Peace Roy

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 19,680 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It was punched into the coin after it left the mint.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • rickoricko Posts: 77,735 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, PMD for sure.... Many cents are found with counterstamps... I have seen one's with a silhouette of JFK, state outlines and initials...Not a mint product. Cheers, RickO

  • abcde12345abcde12345 Posts: 2,818 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BillJones said:
    Post mint damage, or if you like it, a counterstamp. It did not leave the mint that way.

    After seriously studying the OP's coin and blowing it up and looking at each individual characteristic, I think you may be on to something and I may have a tendency to agree with you.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,183 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It is a known counterstamp. (A Confederate flag).

    A quarter with the same counterstamp (although with a more complete than yours) just sold on ebay for $10 and change.

  • TurtleCatTurtleCat Posts: 1,955 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    It is a known counterstamp. (A Confederate flag).

    A quarter with the same counterstamp (although with a more complete than yours) just sold on ebay for $10 and change.

    That person paid too much for it, lol.

  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 28,528 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Post-mint mutilation.

    Winner of the ANA's 2020 Heath Literary Award, Wayte and Olga Raymond Literary Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award. Winner NLG 2020 Best Numismatic Feature Article, U.S.
  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,183 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TurtleCat said:

    @JBK said:
    It is a known counterstamp. (A Confederate flag).

    A quarter with the same counterstamp (although with a more complete than yours) just sold on ebay for $10 and change.

    That person paid too much for it, lol.

    Yes I tend to agree, but there are collectors of counterstamps, and some get really competitive. :p

  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 7,702 ✭✭✭✭✭

    PMD.

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 22,436 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Pmd

  • bolivarshagnastybolivarshagnasty Posts: 6,373 ✭✭✭✭✭

    “what could have caused the x”

    A redneck, stamp, and a hammer.

  • abcde12345abcde12345 Posts: 2,818 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Anyone notice the flag is stamped upside down?

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