bizarre large cent

randy

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Found this bizarre large cent today. The back (left side), seems somewhat normal, while the other side is the back stamped in mirror image and negative relief. Not sure what it is. Found in the yard of a Victorian era town mansion, so it seems a bit early, but who knows what was there before the current house was built. Also managed to snag a pair of quarters.

Any thoughts on the largie would be appreciated. I imagine it may be a counterfeit of some sort.

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GeoAngelo

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If genuine, which it looks to be, its a "brockage" error. A brockage strike is when a previously struck coin got stuck to the obverse die and the reverse on that stuck coin acted as the obverse die for your coin. This explains the mirror image. Nice pieces can bring good money. Yours is still has some good value. I'd say a couple of hundred bucks if its not flaking apart.
 

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Nice silver quarters!😃 IDK WHAT you dug up there Randy but you should probably put it back before it starts haunting your collection. That is WAY WAY odd, I can’t even see how that’s a mint error…but I can’t see how it isn’t either. Rings up like copper? If I was going to counterfeit a coin it certainly wouldn’t be a CENT. But maybe someone was tuning their craft…and created this zombie coin!
 

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If genuine, which it looks to be, it’s a "brockage" error. A brockage strike is when a previously struck coin got stuck to the obverse die and the reverse on that stuck coin acted as the obverse die for your coin. This explains the mirror image. Nice pieces can bring good money. Yours is still has some good value. I'd say a couple of hundred bucks if it’s not flaking apart.
This also….^^^^^^😜
 

markinswpa

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Found this bizarre large cent today. The back (left side), seems somewhat normal, while the other side is the back stamped in mirror image and negative relief. Not sure what it is. Found in the yard of a Victorian era town mansion, so it seems a bit early, but who knows what was there before the current house was built. Also managed to snag a pair of quarters.

Any thoughts on the largie would be appreciated. I imagine it may be a counterfeit of some sort.

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Very cool Randy, I never saw or heard of one of those. Congrats on the save and on the pair of GWs as well. Would be like hitting the lottery if you found the obverse. Good luck. Mark
 

counterbrockage

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Hi everyone! Greg here, brand new member, first post. I am a CTX 3030 owner, but more to the point of this thread, I am an error coin expert with 40 years in the coin hobby and just wanted to chime in with excitement (about what others have said perfectly already) that this coin is absolutely a full reverse brockage on a large cent, and is unquestionably 100% genuine. GREAT FIND!!! If the coin had been a vise job, with two coins pressed against one another, it would bear evidence of being smashed metal on metal with residual damage showing This coin has none of those diagnostics. It's the real deal for sure! Anyone can feel free to write me anytime if other error questions come up and I'd be happy to help however I can.
 
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