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Need to know what I am missing: 1982 D small date 3.2 grams

I know I haven’t found know one of these rare coins. Please explain to me what I don't see in this coin that makes it a normal cent vs being worth a lot.
1982 D
3.19 grams
Appears to be small date


  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Tbigford.... Welcome aboard.... Yes, yours appears to be the large date. Reference above pictures (2 and tail of 9). Cheers, RickO

  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,380 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 27, 2020 8:52AM

    You have the large date, too close to the rim and the top loop of the eight is the same as the lower loop.

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  • Thanks everyone, I knew it was something I was missing!

  • BStrauss3BStrauss3 Posts: 2,907 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Draw the line from the bottom of the 1 to the bottom of the 2. If the bottom of the 8 is on/above that it's the small date. if it bulges below the line, it's the large date.

    Your line shows the same thing in reverse and is harder to draw - the parallel line at the bottom of the 8 which has both the 1 and the 2 floating above it.

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  • WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,116 ✭✭✭✭✭

    hope this might help

    Kennedys are my quest...

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