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1985 Cent - Dent, planchet flaw, or what?

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  • 1985 Cent - Dent, planchet flaw, or what?

    This is an ugly old cent – but it has a funny arc shaped dent that caught my attention. I can’t tell if it is raised or incused, but it passes under the design details. Plus, as you can see from the overlay, it is the same shape as the rim of a cent. There is nothing that corresponds to it on the obverse (i.e. it was not squished into another cent from the other side). And the gouge does not seem to fully reach the rim on either end. Is this a die gouge, die dent, or planchet flaw? Any ideas as to what caused this?

  • #2
    I'll let Mike handle this one, although it may be damage to the die from some sort of partial strike.

    BJ Neff
    Member of: ANA, CCC, CONECA, Fly-in-club, FUN, NLG & T.E.V.E.C.


    • #3
      I think it's just a stain.
      Mike Diamond. Error coin writer and researcher.


      • #4
        Looking at it again, now I see that it does look like a stain. In most places, the stain is two parallel lines which gives it a 3D appearance - which I think is what fooled me. But I can see the stain run up the side of the letter A in AMERICA - which pretty much rules out any die dent or gouge. So apparently, the coin has circulated enough to wear the stain away from the high points on the coin. Thanks for helping me see it for what it was.


        • #5
          I've come across this just a couple times. it threw me a bit because of how it would go under the design, one of the ones i've come across had a raised very slender line that followed the discoloration also passing design, almost looking to me like a foreign object, small and hard enough to almost sink into the planchet letting the design pass around it?a gouge would explane that too i guess. i should still have them somewhere. Bj suggested a pass with a toothpick but i was to nervous to do so.
          Jimmy Ehrhart
          previous member of CONECA and C.F.C.C.


          • #6
            I much prefer the damaged die explanation - but Mike is right. I can see now that the mark actually runs up the sloped side of the A in America and is not limited to the field as I first thought. The stain is such that it gives a deceptive 3D appearance and it circulated enough after the stain to wear any evidence off of the highest points on the coin. It fooled me.