Anyone know what this is? Damage!

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Anyone know what this is? Damage!

So my front element is damaged I didn’t notice it until now, it has no effect on images. It appears to be scratched and also (coatings are missing too.) However it has a strange characteristic to it almost as though it appears like it could be or will spread? It’s about $500-$600 to replace the front element I believe but I wouldn’t do that until I’m going to sell it someday. I’m just wanting you all to let me know if you have any ideas to what it is. Or what it appears to be and if I should be worried about it spreading or if I should use a UV light just in case it’s fungus or mold, which I doubt since it’s on the front surface of the front element. By the way this is a $11,500 Nikon 500mm f4E VR FL.

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