The other day I was at my coin dealer and he had set aside this coin for me. He knows I like error coins so he grabbed this baby for me. What I have here is an off center struck Lincoln Memorial Cent.
I will call this specimen about a 60% off center strike maybe a bit more. In order to be classified as off center a planchete is fed into the coin press and lands in the collar improperly. Instead of being centered under the dies the planchete is lying partially on the collar. This results in a coin that has only a partial strike of its design.
The coins design must also be struck on both sides of the coin to be a proper off center strike. Here is where I could use some help. I am not a true Lincoln cent collector. As such I am unable to determine the date of my coin, if this is even possible with what I have. I can tell you that my coin weighs in at 3.1 grams. This puts it in the 1982 or earlier camp. Later date Lincoln cents weigh 2.5 grams.
I am wondering if there are any other pick up points on my coin that will zero in on its date. Perhaps some other design feature that Lincoln collectors know about can help me. I was able to buy this coin at a fairly modest price. The higher dollar prices go for coins that exhibit a date. Mine is a very nice coin for the money.
I hope you enjoyed this little blog and learned something. Error collecting can be very rewarding. Please check out the photos and feel free to comment. Thanks.
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