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I came across this 1988 penny and need help identifying these marks. As I stare at the last 8 on the year I swear I see a 7 under that 8. Any help would be appreciated also thank you for allowing me to join this forum.

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  • RLSnapperRLSnapper Posts: 516 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Most of what you are seeing is post mint damage. I see what you are looking at for the second 8 over a 7. The staining on the coin in that area makes you see a seven. There are many posts about the effect. Welcome to the forum.

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,434 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I see what you are talking about, but it looks like a combination of the discoloration and the hits to the metal on the top of the 8 making it look squared off that make it resemble a 7. But it doesn’t look like a mint made 8 punched over a 7 to me. It’s just that the metal is malleable and can get hits that cause it to look that way.


  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Hightower80 ... Welcome aboard. What you are seeing is Post Mint Damage (PMD) and staining. No numismatic premium. Very good pictures. Cheers, RickO


  • Thank you all for your help. Hear is to finding new discovery's.

  • FrazFraz Posts: 1,827 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome. Don’t clean it whatever it is. Please appreciate the sincere answers, tolerate light ribbing, hang around, read and be levitated numismatically.

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