Off-Center Lincoln Cent With Retained Wire Bristle
When I first saw this coin, the opening photograph in the auction showed a very overpriced off center cent. I overlooked the auction many times, writing it off as not being realistic. I then saw that the same seller had some very special major mint error coins for sale. I looked at the auction again to view all the images and saw why this coin is so special.
The reverse of this 1998 way off center cent has a struck in and retained wire bristle. Half the wire bristle is struck into this coin. The other half was left unstuck and slightly bent upwards away from the planchet, leaving a noticeable space in between the two. The wire bristle measures 3 mm x 9 mm. PCGS graded this coin as a 1998 MS62 Struck in Retained Wire Bristle on an Off Center Cent Mint Error.