It is probably real. All US cents minted since 1983 are zinc planchets with a thin coating of copper. Occasionally an unplated planchet slips through and these are worth a few dollars to an error collector. However, this error is easily faked by dipping a normal penny in a mild acid, so it really needs to be certified by an expert and the cost of certification exceeds the value of the error. The composition of pennies since 1983 is almost entirely zinc, with a thin outer coating of copper. Yours evidently did not get the outer copper layer. This is not as rare as you might think -- I get asked about them all the time. They generally sell for a dollar or two at most coin shows.
1988 Lincoln cents are not rare. It's just a penny, spend it.
The penny in "The Gateway" (lobby) is 2004. The penny in "The Plaza" is 1988.
Lincoln - 1988 was released on: USA: 27 March 1988
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A 1988 Lincoln Towncar has shocks in the front.
Agent Steel ended in 1988.
Sorry, but Canada hasn't issued a penny with a pig on it. The 1988 penny has the Queen on one side and maple leafs on the reverse. Bermuda issued a penny with a pig, so you likely ended up with one of them as your change.
Sons of Steel - 1988 is rated/received certificates of: Australia:M
TV 101 - 1988 The Unbearable Rightness of Penny - 1.3 was released on: USA: 13 December 1988
The British Half Penny was no longer issued after 1984.
...One cent. This is post-mint damage, and while it is an interesting curiosity, it adds nothing to the value of your coin.
The 1988 Canadian penny is currently worth two cents for the copper.
TV 101 - 1988 The Unbearable Rightness of Penny 1-3 was released on: USA: 13 December 1988
Blades of Steel was created on 1988-07-22.
New Lincoln School ended in 1988.
Lincoln Park Patriots was created in 1988.
Your coin is a British 1 Penny coin. These coins are still potentially in circulation so, unless they are part of a Proof or Uncirculated mint set or are individual Proof or Uncirculated coins and in absolute mint condition, they are worth 1 Penny.
It's just a penny, the date is still in circulation today.
It is worth face value.
The likely cause of the missing motto is a filled die. It's very common. It may have some value, but only to someone that wants it.
The Way Steel Was Tempered was created on 1988-06-30.
Springfield, Illinois is where Lincoln spent much of his adult life, prior to being elected President. Springfield is where he bought his first, and only home and resided with his wife, Mary Todd, and sons. Even though Lincoln was not born in Springfield, Illinois (he was born in Hardin County, (now LaRue) Kentucky), you can say Abraham Lincoln's hometown was Springfield.
Vincennes Lincoln High School was created in 1988.