Possible die trial/weak strike
I just posted in the 'weak strikes or die trials' folder a pic of a
1988 cent I received recently as part of a large lot. I'm familiar
enough with filled die strikes to think this coin might be a true die
trial, or as Mike D would correct me, a victim of insufficient die
I do not have the weight of the piece, but from the full rims it does
not look like as though the surfaces are altered. I know this is a
difficult item to authenticate even in person, nevermind from a lousy
scan, but I'm interested in opinions from the group.
Thanks in advance,
- It's difficult to tell from the scan whether this is a weak strike or
a cent struck through "grease" on both faces.
The well-formed rims are inconsistent with a weak strike. Take a
look at the rim/edge junction. If there is a right angle, then that
would support a "grease strike" hypothesis. If you can find a bevel
separating the rim from the edge, that would tend to support a weak
As you say, a coin like this often requires an up-close examination.