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1943-Copper with 1948 overdate

Hello fellow coin enthusiasts!
I wanted to share a coin I just found yesterday while paying for an item
I found a wheat cent dated 1948 and noticed something was unusual about the 4 and the 8 in the date.
I found that the coin carries a 1943 #4 and a #8 over a #3!
As far as I know, I know that the four on this coin was only produced in 1943 but also has a 1948 nose. The flat wide nose was produced for only one year
The #3 in the date is clearly visible under the #8 and I am stoked!
Any talk about this coin would be appreciated.



  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 8,001 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the forum! :)

    It's not what you think it is. ;)

  • jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 30,367 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No...just say no.

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  • In comparison to the 1943 Steel Cent. The tail of the 3 in my example has been tucked under the 8 after the overdate strike.


  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 8,001 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Please explain how you think it was made in the minting process.

    Are you saying this was a copper 1943 that was later struck with a 1948 date?

  • davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,466 ✭✭✭✭✭

    welcome to the forums

    it is amazing what you can find when you let your imagination run FREE

  • robecrobec Posts: 6,387 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The tail of the 3 in the 1943 date finishes well below the 4. It doesn’t in your 1948 example. Or are you saying the 3 tucked in its tail to fit in with the 8?

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,229 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No comment. :/

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    Avoid watching "Fortune in your pocket change" videos.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Mikescoin3... Welcome aboard. It is definitely not what you think it is. Cheers, RickO

  • BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 7,338 ✭✭✭✭✭


    All the above comments are welcoming you to the forum (all in their own way).

    And yes, the tail on the 3 would show on your coin.


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  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,710 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 11, 2022 10:19AM

    On a 1943 Steel Cent, the 3 is the same heighth as the 9. Whereas on the 1948 copper cent, 8 is 83% of the heighth of the 9. This would make the 3 quite taller than the 8 which is supposedly covering it. It should look something like this if truly an 8 over three. Not even considering the steel vs copper issue. This is just my opinion, but I feel definitely NOT an overdate.

    Edited to add: The 4 appears to be pmd and not doubling.

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  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 8,001 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Here is an example of a doubled die it's a different error and not an overdate but it shows a 3 for an example.
    Your coin would need to have a 3 that is this clear & obvious for anyone to authenticate it as such.
    There are plenty of things that can cause strange patterns or lines on a coin like die scratches or die erosion.

  • NumisOxideNumisOxide Posts: 10,940 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Has to be another alt.

  • lcutlerlcutler Posts: 463 ✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a little die deterioration on the 8 to me.

  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 7,638 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Well this is certainly a unique find! B)

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