Ouch! 1914-D Lincoln Cent

Rmeav8r

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Back at the church yard, I hit the curb strip on my way to my truck. I get a penny signal and my pinpointer says it’s very shallow...bummer! It’s dry, sandy, rocky with very little grass so I slip my digger tool in an pop out the plug. Still there, so I scoop out a handful and there it is in my palm...a wheat cent! A nice surprise! Back at my truck my friend looks at it for me and says “did you hit it with your digger?” He shows me and I say “I guess so, dang!” He then says it’s a 1914 and I’m happy because I don’t have one in my penny collection but bummed because I scratched it. Once I get home I look it up and see that a 1914-D Lincoln Cent is not a common cent but a potentially valuable coin! Now I’m really bummed! Lesson learned, treat every target like it’s the Holy Grail and you might not make the same mistake I did. I’ll also add that I’m no slouch, I haven’t hit a coin in years, I’m very careful and generally remove more soil than needed....but again lesson learned....the hard way!
 

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erfranks

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Nice Save!! sorry about the ding
 

Digger RJ

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Very Nice!! Bummer on the scratch, it happens !! Congrats!!
 

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Still a nice find. I dinged a nice Liberty Seated dime years ago. It happens.
 

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I'm still looking for my 14D. Bummer on the scrape but it looks like the corrosion is worse than the ding. Had it been corrosion free/in some really nice soil, it would be a much bigger heartbreaker.
Now that you have that one off the list you can concentrate on a 1909s! (ANY 1909s will do!)

HH ALL
 
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Thanks, I’ve already placed it in my old Whitman book I’ve had since 1970. Back to the hunt!
I'm still looking for my 14D. Bummer on the scrape but it looks like the corrosion is worse than the ding. Had it been corrosion free/in some really nice soil, it would be a much bigger heartbreaker.
Now that you have that one off the list you can concentrate on a 1909s! (ANY 1909s will do!)

HH ALL
 

Hunk-a-lead

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nice wheatie
 

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Would love to find one of those! Bummer about the ding, but it happens. Nice find anywho
 

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The scrape probably didn't change it's value a whole lot. Mother Nature is more guilty of that. Without the corrosion and scrape, it might have been a $600-700 coin. The way it is now? Who knows......maybe half that?
 

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Put it back in the ground for a year or two, maybe it will even it out? Just don't forget where you put it! Congrats on the nice find...
 

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I've "autographed" a key date coin before...so, I know how you feel...!
Hey, but great Find, none-the-less...! :icon_thumright:
 

Jose The Goon

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Frank Sinatra had a scar but he will always be Frank Sinatra. A 1914-D Lincoln with a scar is better than any Lincoln that many others, including myself, ever found metal detecting. Great coin ! Great find ! CONGRATS !!
 

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It happens to the best of us. Always more of a bummer if it is a really cool find.
 

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You found a good one, congrats! When I was a child I too loved collecting Lincoln cents in a Whitman folder. That space in the folder for a 1914-D small cent was never filled.
 
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Thanks, I started with the Whitman album when I was working on the Coin Collecting Merit Badge in the Boy Scouts. I got the badge but I’m still working on the empty spaces in the album.
You found a good one, congrats! When I was a child I too loved collecting Lincoln cents in a Whitman folder. That space in the folder for a 1914-D small cent was never filled.
 

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Make yourself a trowel out of pvc pipe. I never scratch anything with the one I made. Not hard to make. You can file the edge pretty sharp and the pvc is really tough. Gary


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Like others have said, it happens. Congrats on your find!!
 

Argentium

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As mentioned earlier, due to the blister corrosion
you haven't affected the value of the coin at all ! No harm , no foul !
 

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