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Is this penny an error?

Hi, this is my first post but have been reading here for a while . A friend got this penny in change and seems to have multiple problems. It doesn’t have a rim, the mint mark is messed up, and there’s a blob on his shoulder.


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  • GreenstangGreenstang Posts: 714 ✭✭✭✭

    It is a damaged coin with no numismatic value.
    Looks like someone has filed the rims off to make it the diameter of a dime to be
    used in slot machines. This was done frequently when slot machines took dimes.
    Also never hold coins in your hand like that. Place it on something flat to take photos.

  • I thought about someone filling the rim off but didn’t know what the reason would be. Interesting. Why would it be so thin though? Measures .016” thinner than a normal penny. Thanks for the replies

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,850 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Acid treated to make it thinner.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,310 ✭✭✭✭✭

    what a waste of money, just saying

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,509 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Whoever made that went all out to make it resemble a dime in size.

  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 2,974 ✭✭✭✭✭

  • FredWeinbergFredWeinberg Posts: 5,696 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Acid/chemically treated

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  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,151 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Acid coin. The acid consumes the outside surface metal causing the coin to become smaller in diameter and in thickness while maintaining the details.

  • ChrisH821ChrisH821 Posts: 6,280 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The reason was likely to use it as a dime in a payphone or vending machine.

    Collector, occasional seller

  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,479 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ChrisH821 said:
    The reason was likely to use it as a dime in a payphone or vending machine.

    what's a pay phone?

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  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 2,974 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @AUandAG said:

    @ChrisH821 said:
    The reason was likely to use it as a dime in a payphone or vending machine.

    what's a pay phone?

    Where Superman was born.

  • gumby1234gumby1234 Posts: 5,356 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Manifest_Destiny said:

    @AUandAG said:

    @ChrisH821 said:
    The reason was likely to use it as a dime in a payphone or vending machine.

    what's a pay phone?

    Where Superman was born.

    Wrong. Superman was born on the planet Krypton.

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  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 2,974 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @gumby1234 said:

    @Manifest_Destiny said:

    @AUandAG said:

    @ChrisH821 said:
    The reason was likely to use it as a dime in a payphone or vending machine.

    what's a pay phone?

    Where Superman was born.

    Wrong. Superman was born on the planet Krypton.

    I checked the records, and looks like you're correct.

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