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Need some advice if this is an error or physical damage

1945 no mint mark Lincoln cent

Hi I am noob to all this and came across this coin and it just stood out at me and was wanting some input on if it's an error coin and if what it could be worth and help would be greatly appreciated thanks


  • DollarAfterDollarDollarAfterDollar Posts: 3,205 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That looks to me like a flawed planchet. Half the "C" in cent is missing indicating the metal was stripped away. It's also possible that it's just some weird post mint damage. In either even I don't think it would warrant any premium. Wait for others to weigh in also.

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  • tincuptincup Posts: 4,666 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Closer up pics could help determine... but I see some signs that it is post mint damage. Large scrape from the 'R' in PLURIBUS on down to the 'T' in CENT. Scratches in between the two larger gouges.

    ----- kj
  • tincuptincup Posts: 4,666 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The two deeper gouges are too 'linear' - straight lined - angular to be from a planchet defect IMO>

    ----- kj
  • tincuptincup Posts: 4,666 ✭✭✭✭✭

    BTW... welcome to the board.

    ----- kj
  • vplite99vplite99 Posts: 1,143 ✭✭✭✭

    Welcome. Probably post mint damage.


  • Ok I tried taking a better picture hope it helps

  • Thanks for the welcomes

  • MarkKelleyMarkKelley Posts: 1,674 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Post minting damage. BTW, all cents of this period from Philadelphia lacked a mint mark.

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

    Welcome to the forum! :)

    Looks like PMD to me.

  • Thanks for all the helps I do appreciate it

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Willa86... Welcome aboard. Post Mint Damage (PMD).... Good pictures. Cheers, RickO

  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,060 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome, but I am in the pmd camp.

  • FrazFraz Posts: 1,204 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Do you mind posting a pic of the obverse?

  • d9lowed9lowe Posts: 297 ✭✭✭✭

    PMD or not, it's a badass looking coin!

  • Here is the other side

  • Hi everyone just trying to have another go at this and posting another picture this is a good close up of it and want everyones opinion it just looks weird and almost if it was melted or something and the place where the O would be for ONE.

  • It's the same coin
    I was just trying to get input on how it could be pmd cause to me it looks like warped lettering and where the O in the word ONE would be is basically non existent. I respect all opinions just trying to further my own knowledge in the matters

  • OldhoopsterOldhoopster Posts: 2,930 ✭✭✭✭✭


    Notice the areas of raised, displaced metal around the scrapes and gouges. You don't see those raised areas on as struck coins. On PMD, you'll see these raised areas as the metal is moved around by whatever is causing the damage

    Member of the ANA since 1982
  • Ok I get what you are saying. Any idea what could of caused that?

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,710 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Copper is so soft most anything vaguely hard can destroy the surface. PMD can remove letters or numbers completely, or even move them around on the coin. Most every type of oddity on a coin can be caused by PMD. If you study how the minting process works, then you will have a better understanding as to what can and cannot occur before or during the minting process. Good luck.

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