Coin and Paper Money Collecting/abe has hat



Morning, I came across this penny and it looks like abe is wearing a hat, do to a raise in the coin.
Thanks, Dean


Couldn't tell from the photos if the "hat" over Abe is raised or indented. Based on the location, and size, along with the fact that it does not appear to touch any of the design, I'm leaning towards it being the result of a small shaving of metal dropping onto the reverse die prior to the blank being fed into the die chamber. The small shaving was struck into the coin surface, causing the small recess over Abe's head.

It would be considered a minor error, and maybe worth a dollar or two to an interested collector. Most dealers would not be interested in the coin, as the error is too small to be significant. Interesting, but it won't make you rich!

Hope this helps.

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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.


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