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lincoln cent-error or bent coin?

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I'm new at this, so I'm kinda unsure about quite a bit in coin collecting. I have an ongoing wheat penny collection. In the process of looking for wheat pennies, I found a lincoln memorial cent which is either severely damaged post-mint or is an error from the striking of the coin. Any opinions? (see attached photo...it doesn't show the details too well, but it will have to do)


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Welcome lkritchey-


When a person finds Mint errors that involve secondary or greater strikes that misshape a coin, they usually also include misplaced and off-center device details. Thus, if your cent had been struck two or three times to damage it, it would have also had the rim or memorial or some such other device visible in an odd place. Coins struck multiple times are interesting and not terribly uncommon errors.



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