Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1972 extra metal?


QUESTION: I have a 1993 penny that is missing one planchet on the back, It is stamped on the core. It is copper color on both sides. i tried doing a internet search but couldnt find anything. is this common? And what might it be worth?

Send me a photo and/or what your coin weighs, how thick it is, etc. We then can try to determine what you have. The new copper plated zinc cents weigh 2.5 g (0.080 troy oz), and have a thickness of 1.55 mm (0.061 in).

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1992 penny
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QUESTION: I think i wasted your time on the 1995 penny sorry. But can you tell me what this is? there is extra metal on the top of his head, also in front of his forehead, in front of his neck parted then it goes to the front of his shirt, also through the 72, and down his back?


From the photo, it looks like glue may have had an impact on the surface of the coin to make it appear as added metal. If you were to gently rub it with soap and warm water, it'd likely remove the "error". Altered coins have no added numismatic value.

Sometimes people try and fool you into thinking you have a real error coin. Here are some examples of coins either being altered or damaged.
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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

Awards and Honors
1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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