Phantom Mint Marks. Where are they?

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Joseph Franklin

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What's interesting is this 1995-D DDO FS-101. Although it is yet to be graded and will be one of the first NGCCOIN will grade out of my collection, I want to explore why a "P" would show up on a "D" die. Is it possible this die was for another coin, I don't know. I'm hoping you'll be able to help me understand why and does it add any value to the penny?

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Not a match for FS-101, not a DD of any kind. If you're referring to the area above and left of the "1" in the date as containing a "P", it doesn't/it's not. Probably a stain of some sort along with a plating blister. (shrug)

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It's actually a . Nice specimen of a 1995-D. Take a look on variety Vista to compare. But these photos weren't taken to highlight the doubling which once you see another 1955-D with doubling and you look at mine you'll understand. During these years the "Spread" which most people look for wife spreads actually miss doubling that's there. The "p" mark above the 1, yes, that "font" of some kind I was thinking to be more of a stain due to the length of the "letter" thanks for the response.

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On 3/24/2022 at 6:02 AM, Fenntucky Mike said:

Not a match for FS-101, not a DD of any kind. If you're referring to the area above and left of the "1" in the date as containing a "P", it doesn't/it's not. Probably a stain of some sort along with a plating blister. (shrug)

It's really easy to say it's not something when the spread isn't seen because of the angle, espdcially in these years of Lincoln pennies. You don't get much more spread beyond that. Why can I say that? Because of the collection of DDO's on hand that I'm able to compare everything too. It sucks that I don't have the $20,000 so that my collection can get certified and silence everybody. Did you know Mike that a 10x loop is required to investigate and verify some of these tighter spreads of DDO?  

Because to my eyes this fits rather well as a FS 101 or whatever type of taxonomy you want to place of this coin. What, do you really think I've got on here without doing my homework? There's way too much info out there to get on here and have someone look at photos to tell me about my coin. The only reason now for even making what I have known is because I haven't seen anything like that "P" type looking font above the 1. It's just really peculiar that it is so elegant of a marking that I've reached out to see if someone else has encountered this. It's the raised area of the mark that gives me reason to suspect it being more than, but I have no idea what. Maybe debris during the strike, who knows? 

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On 3/25/2022 at 12:48 AM, Joseph Franklin said:

It sucks that I don't have the $20,000 so that my collection can get certified and silence everybody.

Send the few coins in that you've posted here, should only cost a few hundred, then sell them to raise funds for the next batch and so on.... Or send them in small batches as funds are available and keep them if you like. The last thing you should do is spend 20k to submit the entire collection based on the coins you've posted. Sending the entire collection shouldn't even be in consideration at this point but if you want to test the waters a bit I get it, just don't dive in head first.

On 3/25/2022 at 12:48 AM, Joseph Franklin said:

Did you know Mike that a 10x loop is required to investigate and verify some of these tighter spreads of DDO?

Don't need a 10x for this one, your pictures are sufficient.

On 3/25/2022 at 12:48 AM, Joseph Franklin said:

There's way too much info out there

Exactly, and too much of it is either false, misleading or gets twisted to fit a narrative/hope. 

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