1911 Lincoln wheat penny "berty"

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Chriswiebe21
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1911 Lincoln wheat penny "berty"

Post by Chriswiebe21 » Thu Dec 03, 2020 2:09 am

I know the coin has seen better days it is over 100 years old and has its wear but there’s no where near enough room to fit both the L and I on the coin. The rim is fully intact as well so I’m not sure what to think. Do any of you have a potential and logical story as to why my “berty” coin ended up like this. Thanks for any input!!
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henrysmedford
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Re: 1911 Lincoln wheat penny "berty"

Post by henrysmedford » Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:12 am

Pardon the pun but I took the liberty of posting your question on a US site to see what their thoughts are. See http://www.realcent.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=44733

henrysmedford
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Re: 1911 Lincoln wheat penny "berty"

Post by henrysmedford » Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:56 am

Here’s one that I found.Probably the oldest coin ever made in the US :-).




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Bill in Burl
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Re: 1911 Lincoln wheat penny "berty"

Post by Bill in Burl » Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:06 am

Your Roman era (952) wheat cent is from a plugged/filled die. The OP coin is, in my opinion, initially caused by a slightly off-center strike or planchet size, making the rim slightly larger/thicker on the left. This partially filled in the L, by having the rim section of the die push metal into the recessed die letter. The "I" is still there.
Bill in Burl

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