1962 reverse brockage cent
- I've posted in the "brockages and counterbrockages" album images of a
1962 cent with a brockage of the obverse design on the reverse face.
The coin was struck fully in the collar.
At first glance, this looks like a coin in which the reverse face was
polished off and a normal cent was pressed into it. However, there
are a number of clues that this is genuine.
1. There is a little bit of finning on the obverse rim, an indication
of higher than normal striking pressure.
2. There is a faint, raised ghost of the Memorial on the reverse,
another side-effect of higher than normal striking pressure.
3. The incompleteness of the brockage is something I've seen before
on this kind of error. It's a hallmark of authenticity.
Brockages of the obverse design on the reverse are much, much rarer
than brockages of the reverse design on the obverse, especially when
you're talking about coins struck in the collar. The last one I saw
for sale was at the ANA show in Chicago. It was priced at $300. I
cherrypicked this one for $13!