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Digi-Microscope finds: 1942-D Mercs Edition

JobessiJobessi Posts: 266 ✭✭✭

For years I’ve set aside all 42 & 42-D mercs in their own tubes with the promise I’ll one day check them for that 42/1 variety. However, whenever I’d start I’d get a headache looking through the loop any longer than 10 minutes. My nephew mentioned I should get a digital microscope, so I did…and wow! I haven’t found any 41/2’s, but I have come across some cool stuff in the process. Any help identifying any known variety’s or deciphering if anything is special from the pics below would be extremely helpful and appreciated! These are all Denver coins.

1. Double Die?

#2. Wonky “4”

#3. Decimals after the 4 & 2? There’s also something hiding behind the 9…

4. The closest one I found that resembles a 42/1-D. Thoughts?

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  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,395 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Your photos show nothing but worthless strike doubling, damage, and poor production quality control. All that microscope will do is have you chasing after imaginary stuff.

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  • IkesTIkesT Posts: 2,171 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just junk and damaged junk. Not cool.

  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,346 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No evidence of the number 1 under the 2.

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  • JobessiJobessi Posts: 266 ✭✭✭

    @IkesT said:
    Just junk and damaged junk. Not cool.

    Junk & silver in the same sentence feels like an oxymoron to me. Got them all for less than melt.

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  • JobessiJobessi Posts: 266 ✭✭✭
    edited July 20, 2023 9:40AM

    @coinbuf said:
    All that microscope will do is have you chasing after imaginary stuff.

    …or provide some additional fun within the hobby, and help someone with poor eyesight see smaller things better?

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like PMD, no 42/1. Cheers, RickO

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,388 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Time to study up on mechanical doubling. You should be able to see the split serifs with a loupe. IMO. Good luck

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