Error Coins 101: The U.S. Mint’s Mistakes Make Coin Collectors Happy

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U.S. error coins grab the attention of the collector and non-collector alike. Why? Because they are so unusual! Some error coins are downright weird looking.

Error coin example - Clipped Planchet

Error coins are mint-made defects. And many not only look strange… some are absolutely rare!

That, alone, intrigues everybody to keep an eye on their change for the oddities that somehow have made their way out of the Mint.

U.S. error coins have so many different defects that you can put together an impressive collection.

 

U.S. Error Coins Make News

Error coins have been popular collectibles for decades.

Many have made the news upon discovery.

They always keep collectors (and their magnifying glasses) busy — especially at times when a newly recognized error coin makes headlines on television, in newspapers, or on the Internet.

 

Error Coins Show Great Diversity

error coins 2Some common examples of U.S. error coins include:

  • Blank error coins
  • Off-center error coins
  • Missing, tilting, or doubled-mintmark error coins
  • Double-struck error coins
  • Wrong design/wrong metal error coins
  • Bubbled, crumpled, rippled, and peeled error coins
  • Mixed-denomination error coins

Some error coins can be described in words. Others are just too out of the ordinary that they must be seen in order to be believed.

Check out this YouTube video featuring some of the most exotic looking error coins I have witnessed anywhere in quite awhile:

Pretty incredible, right?

Yes, U.S. error coins have a following all their own. In fact, many coin collectors devote all of their time and money to collecting, studying, and looking exclusively for error coins.

 

The Value Of U.S. Error Coins

Are you curious how much error coins are worth?

While values range broadly, check out this price guide for a diverse array of U.S. error coins and their values.

 

Clubs For Error Coin Enthusiasts

Are you interested in joining a widely recognized coin club for those who are enthusiastic about error coins?

Look no further than CONECA.

CONECA, which stands for The Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America, was established in 1983 and serves collectors who specialize in error coins.

 

Buying Error Coins From Dealers

While U.S. error coins can be found everyday in pocket change, coin dealers may be the best way to quickly acquire error coins for your collection.

Most coin dealers have at least the most common types of error coins in their holdings.

There are also coin dealers who specialize in error coins — and those are the types of dealers where you may have a better chance of purchasing some of the more radical, expensive, or less-common U.S. error coins.

Two of the most prominent error coin dealers are Fred Weinberg & Co. and Myers Numismatic Corp.

 

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361 thoughts on “Error Coins 101: The U.S. Mint’s Mistakes Make Coin Collectors Happy”

  1. I have a 1971s penny that has a 1 that was struck wrong and it looks like a curved one or moon shaped, up close after scanning it you can still see the underlying one and the curve on top like the dye slipped. also I happened to have another one to compare it too, and it looks like it was double stamped as well magnified. is this a rare or
    common coin for double stamping and errors? have the scans on request if you need. just email me and I can send them..for you to look at

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    • Hi, Tommy —

      There is a noted doubled die of the proof version of the 1971-S cent — that is worth around $600. However, if your 1971-S cent isn’t a proof coin, then you may have a coin with simple machine doubling.

      Machine doubling looks a bit like a doubled die, but is caused by a number of things that happen to the coin while being stamped – like as you said, the coin may have shifted. Such pieces are actually worth no premium because they aren’t classified as errors by most collectors of error coins.

      If you have a proof coin, you may have a doubled die. Otherwise, your piece probably has no extra, special value.

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  2. I have a dime that looks like it was in production but wasn’t finished. It doesn’t have the face of the dime but has the back of it is this worth anything?

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    • Thanks for your question, Torey —

      One-sided blank coins are virtually impossible to produce unless there was some type of unusual protocol going on at the U.S. Mint when your piece was being made or if two planchets were stuck together during the minting of your coin.

      Without seeing the coin in hand, I really can’t give you an accurate idea of its value, and I am inclined to say it might be an illusionist’s gaffe coin. If that’s so, the coin is worth nothing as a collectible coin.

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  3. I just found a quarter that appears to be copper only. Its a 1985 Washington and has the silver coating on each side, it’s only half as thick as a regular quarter. It looks like maybe a mistake at the mint. How can I find out more on this coin?

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  4. Hello, I have a question about, if it is at all possible for a 1992D penny, and a dime, or any other type of blank with ridges, could be struck by a penny die? Because believe it or not I think I have one, I’m serious. Thank You..

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    • Hi, Jeff —

      In U.S. coinage, only the reeded-edge planchet (coin blank) which can be struck by a penny die is the dime. Such a piece has a value of $50 to $100 typically.

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    • Hi, Ricky —

      Without seeing the coin, it’s hard to say exactly what would make the ‘F’ look like a ‘P.’ It could be anything ranging from possible debris on the coin to a metal flake that got into the die there and created a raised area of metal on that part of the coin.

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  5. Hello
    Ok, I’ve got a 1977 United States quarter that has been restruck, doubling, rotated doubling and shifting….on the front of the coin all of the specifiics are pretty much extremely well difinitive; but really strange and for the most part defined very well. I am no expert nor am I a coin appraiser or anything; but as an avid collector(as I had been taught as a young girl from my step-dad, “it’ll never hurt to check or at least re-look or take a ‘closer’ look at your pocket change regularly, weekly, monthly or even daily”). And here I am several years later, needing professional input!!! HELP please? 🙂

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    • Thanks for your question, Jen —

      Yes! your step-dad is exactly right! It always pays to look at every coin that goes through your hands. It looks like you’ve hit on quite a find with your 1977 quarter.

      I tried to find a link to a photo of a coin like yours and come up with a 1964 Australian penny that’s a rotated double strike: https://www.australian-threepence.com/blog/2009/06/rotated-double-struck-coin-error.html
      I don’t know if that piece captures the nature of your 1977 Washington quarter, but it’s the best I can do to illustrate the piece for the purpose of putting a face on the coin we’re talking about here.

      As for value, I suggest you consult this link: https://minterrornews.com/priceguide2xand3x.html

      While double strikes can easily command $100 to $200, I submit the value of your piece could be more if the rotation and/or shifting is significant. I recommend you to have the piece looked at (by photo or otherwise) by an error coin specialist (which I’m unfortunately not) and see if you can get a better idea as to value from a sight-seen evaluation.

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  6. I got a roll of Roosevelt Dimes from the bank to discover that the 2008 D Roosevelt dime is Doubled on “In God We Trust” I suspect that I have a mint error and sought guidance from “Cherrypickers Guide To Die Varities and Mint Errors” Fifth Edition and wanted to know if any of these coins turned up in circulation as I have 7 coins in all and they all have the same doubling present on “In God We Trust”I will eventually have the coin graded by PCGS.

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    • Hi, Lw –

      Bubbles being formed between the clad layers is a relatively common mint error, and I have every reason to believe that it’s an authentic defect. Most aren’t worth more than a few dollars, but they’re still interesting coins!

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      • i have 2000p dime with a bubble on fronf an on back the front is at the nike an the backhalf way up an it is off struck to one side

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  7. Recently inherited collection from aunt. Some she bought were listed as errors, like Penny 1960-D (dot in O in God), 1963-D (Extra metal on column on memorial), 1965 (one dot only). Are these just fakes to get her money, they are not listed in any book.

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    • Hi, Gail —

      Are you able to provide any photos of these coins? I’m not aware of any ‘dot’ errors myself, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist…

      Perhaps if I can see the coins in a photo I might be able to do a little research and see if I can come up with some type of a more definite answer for you.

      If you’re able to upload photos, the best way is to ‘like’ The Fun Times Guide Coins Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFunTimesGuideToCoins?ref=ts ) and then you’ll be able to leave comments and post photos there of your coins.

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  8. I have several 1982-D pennies with serious mint error that show missed copper clad – bubbles on the obverse etc. I collected in 1982 as the pennies were changing from copper to zinc. These that I have are the 1982-D mint that changed in October of 1982 and were sent as mixed 1982-D small as well as the 83-D large date because house keeping at the mint in Denver was not satisfied with the large
    date and changed to small date. My real question is , are these with servious error – never were circulated. They were bagged in Den. and sent to Zion’s bank in SLC Ut.Oct 1982. I have kept these since 1982 in seperate holders hoping I may have something a little more rare.

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    • Forrest,Great question. As with which you may be familiar, those bubbles were very common on the early copper-plated zinc coins. I have personally seen very few 1982 zinc to 1987 cents without some bubbling, raised streaking, or other deformity. For the most part, the bubbles are seen as a defect among many numismatists and are often regarded as such in price, too. However, I have to believe there are some individuals who specialize in error coins that may pay a small premium for any coins that exhibit excessive bubbling. Most interest will be in your pennies that show some of the plating actually missing. Zinc pennies without the plating range in value from around $5 up to about $100 depending on how much of the copper plating is missing. If you’re interested in selling, you’ll want to stop by a reputable coin dealer and see about what types of prices they’re willing to offer you. If you have the luxury of having more than one coin dealer near you, stop by each and see who offers the best price. Here’s some help on how to find a good coin dealer: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/sell_coin/ https://www.pngdealers.com/dealersearch.php

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  9. I am trying to find out if a penny stamped with a bell on left side and a picture of the U.S. on the right side is a mistake or if someone could of exactly put the stamp there themselves, so I am trying to find out if there were any pennies made this way or not?

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    • Kelly,

      Your penny, when first minted, looked like every other Lincoln Memorial penny. However, a company — sometime back in the 1970s — began taking these regular Lincoln pennies and stamped images of the Liberty Bell on them in commemoration of the Bicentennial. While these novelty pennies are somewhat popular, they aren’t worth much more than about a dollar or so in most cases.

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    • Malissa,

      What you’re describing is a coin that had been etched, or perhaps stamped, after it had left the mint. Without knowing the year of the quarter, I can’t suggest a value, but I can definitely tell you that is not a mint-made horse shoe design.

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    • Coins,

      If it’s coated with zinc, your Washington quarter has no additional value since the coin is altered.

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    • Did you ever get any info on this? I seem to have found one that matches your description. I cannot find rtanuthing on the internet about it.
      Thank you

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    • Hi, Richy –

      Without seeing the coin it’s hard to tell if the coloration is due to a chemical reaction or something else.

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  10. hi I have a 1965 Dime no mint mark which shows doubling in liberty and date. The I and We in “in god we trust” are there but they don’t pop up as much as the rest of the letter almost like they weren’t punched all the way. The JS on the obverse side are bold. The reverse as a die crack starting from the rim leading into the A going down across the torch all the way to the M in dime to the rim. I have scanned photo’s as well but don’t know how to send them to you. My wife spotted this one and she isn’t a coin collector but knows a good amount of info from her grandmother and me. I have done a good amount of research and its not a silver error. I have found many different prices but its all been stuff off of eBay. I know a doubling Error could bring 100- 200$ for the 1965 dime. Wanting to know if this is a rare piece? And what the value of something like this could bring if i ever choose to sell it.

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    • Hi, Greg –

      Sounds like an interesting find for sure. You could post it as an attachment to your comment here in the forum. True, a doubling error could bring more than $100, but I bet somebody may be willing to pay more since yours has the apparent die crack; many variety collectors would find that attribute appealing.

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  11. I have a 2007 Washington state quarter with a copper colored defect with a dark colored line though it on the face side from the top of the forehead down around the eye, everything else looks normal but Im not sure what would cause this or if this is a commonly seen defect. I would really appreciate anything you could tell me about it!

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    • Nick,

      It’s very possible that the coin was subjected to some type of chemical and that perhaps the coin was stored in a folder, a bag, or another enclosure resulting in the discoloration of a certain portion of the coin.

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  12. hello, i have a 1922 wheat penny thats look like it has no D mark. was told by a coin collector that its a philly no mark penny. But got info by the net that philly never made 1922 pennys. if real i would like to sell it to a real coin colletor who would love to have it. would sell it for a fair price. but need to find out if it is real please help. post pics of the penny. email is demondav_13@yahoo.com

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    • Hi,

      There are a few different types of 1922 plain pennies, and there is also one which has trace evidence of a “D” under the date. The concern would be that somebody unscrupulously tried to wear away the “D” mintmark to pass it off as a plain.

      The best thing to do would be to submit your coin to a coin authentication company. Here’s some more info about that: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/slabbed_coins/

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    • they are suppose to be valuable go google type in cion colletor facts your cio description then the word value you can then find out and get it graded and go fetch high dollar for it go to professhional graders only or you can get ripped off GOD be WITH YOU!

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    • Hi, Ilene –

      A 1988 Lincoln cent really has no value above face, but an 1887 Indian Head cent is worth around $3 in typical condition.

      Your 1957 silver certificates are typically worth $2 to $5 each.

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    • Hi, K8 –

      It is true, a blank penny is worth around $3; however, if your coin has the date “2000” on it, it’s not really a blank cent. Would you mind posting a pic so we can see exactly what’s going on with your coin?

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  13. if i got a hold of a 1964 D Washington quarter that appears to have been mint marked five times over, how much would i be worth?

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  14. I have a 1964 zinc black penny, somone told me that in that year they only made 300 of them an that they are worth alot of money, i cant seem to find anything online, so im thinking the guy was drunk or somthing

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    • Weston,

      In my 20 years of coin collecting, I’ve never heard about the 1964 zinc penny, I’ll just say that. The far more likely answer is that somebody zinc plated your penny, which is a common practice for some individuals to do. This would not add any value to your coin.

      Thanks for checking with us on your coin!

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  15. I have a 1988 penny that looks like it had two air pockets or something in the metal that came out. I am trying to post a picture. Keith

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  16. Hi was wondering if you could tell me more about this dime. I have I believe a 1967 although Im not completly sure since the last number is missing. also the I and the We are missing and some on the N in “In God We Trust” Also the top of Liberty is missing.

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    • Hello, Sarah –

      The way you’re describing your coin, it sounds as though it was weakly struck, but without seeing it I can’t say for certain. If you could submit a photo to the the comments section of the site, that may help us in determining what is going on with your coin.

      Thanks!

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    • Hi, Kyle –

      If you could may we see an image of your coin, with a close-up of the area in question, if possible? Thanks!

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  17. I have a 1973 D Washington Quarter missing “IN” and “T” says “GOD WE RUST” has been in a box since the mid 1970’s undisturbed and there are no visible signs of tool marks under 10x magnification. Has anyone heard of this error before other than in the “State Quarters” if so can you share anything you know about the subject with me? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Hi, Jamie –

      Thanks for the great photo! It looks like your coin was either weakly struck in that area or that region of the die was filled with grease. Neither case really improves the coin’s value, but it is still an interesting piece.

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    • Hi, Jenna –

      You have a popular novelty coin that was manufactured using regular Lincoln cents. Yours is worth around $1.

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  18. I appear to have found in my pocket change a 1982D quarter which is missing its center. Both outer sides are in proper condition with the exception of some bending due to the missing center. Is this a rare coin?

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    • Hi, Terry –

      It’s hard to say in this case if what you have is a mint error or post-mint damage. Would you mind uploading a photo of your coin here to the comments section so we can take a look and determine what may be going on? Thanks!

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  19. I have recently began collecting coins, mostly pennies for now. I found a 1983 lincoln penny that has the shape of Indiana and the initials IN inside. It almost makes contact with the date. As well there appears to be above the IN shape something resembling a cigar. Who do I contact to find out what this means and a possible value?

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    • Hi, Missy –

      You have a type of novelty penny that was made during the 1970s and 1980s which involved counterstamping states’ geographic outlines on Lincoln cents. These are worth between 50 cents and $1 each.

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  20. I have a California State Quarter 1850 that is missing the clad on one side, so the front is silver and the back is copper, I would love to know the value of this coin, it is in very good condition.

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  21. Joshua,
    I have a 1967 penny that resembles the color and size of a dime. Because of the smaller size, the front marking says “IBERTY” vs. “LIBERTY” Do you have any information on errors that occured during that time?

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    • Hi, Sue –

      It is possible you may have a Lincoln cent design struck on a dime planchet (blank). These can be quite valuable. Would you mind submitting a photo of your coin here in the comments forum, please? Thank you!

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      • Joshua, Thanks for the follow up. I did some other research and came to the same conclusion. Pictures are attached (not great quality, but they give you the general look). Sue

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        • Nice photos! My next question would be to determine the width of your 1967 cent. A typical Lincoln cent should be 19.1 millimeters, whereas a Roosevelt dime is 17.9 millimeters.

          Looking at the photos (from best I can tell, though I’m not exactly sure) I would be leaning toward thinking the 1967 cent may have been stamped on a dime planchet. But again, just trying to make sure all the diagnostics, sight-unseen look like they line up properly.

          Thanks!

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          • I can’t get a good measure with my ruler. It seems to be a smidge wider than the dime, and definitely smaller than the penny 🙂 It’s slim like a dime too. Thanks!

          • Hello, Sue –

            Well, based on the information you’re telling me, as well as looking at your photos again, I’d be inclined to think it might be worth having authenticated. Sight unseen, it sounds like it may very well be a Lincoln cent struck on a dime planchet. Of course, I can’t say for certain here without looking at it and such. You should consider either taking the coin into a reputable coin dealer (not a jeweler or pawn shop) or send it to a third-party coin grading firm for certification.

            For a search engine where you can find reputable coin dealers in your area, check out this site from the Professional Numismatists Guild: https://www.pngdealers.com/

            For more info on third-party coin grading, be sure to read this: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/slabbed_coins/

  22. I have a 1971D 50 cent piece which appears to have flaws. Almost like a ghost image with quite a few extra bumps and shaved areas? Do you have any information on errors for the year coin?

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    • Hi, Kati –

      May we see a photo of your coin, please? You can post it here in the comments forum. Thank you!

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  23. hello community! I’m new and I love this site! I’ve came here numerous times to check it out. I never signed up until now. I have some really cool finds I’d like to show and get some feedback on as well. Thanks for starting up this forum. I really do like it. I’m a signed artist but my love for coin hunting/collecting is right there with my love for music.

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    • Ron,

      We are so happy to have you here and are thankful for your following us. Please feel free to post photos and ask questions whenever you want and we will do our best to lead you in the right direction. You can also check out our Facebook page for The Fun Times Guide to Coins if you would like.

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  24. Recently came across this 1973 quarter with bubbles in the front and back in different positions, any chance it could be worth something

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    • Yes, Tammy –

      Those bubbles ended up in between the coin’s copper core and copper-nickel plating; such a coin is worth between $10 and $20.

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    • Hi Katy,

      It was basically impossible for a coin of that era to be struck only on one side, thanks to the high-tech coin pressing machinery in use even in 1960, so I believe you may have a novelty coin that was used for an illusionist’s trick – commonly, magicians use coins that have been altered to look blank on one side, which can be used as a gaffe for various types of illusions.

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  25. Hi Joshua, speaking of one sided pennies, was it possible for a penny to be struck only on one side in the 1940’s? I found a 1944 D penny that appears to be one sided. It seems as if it wasn’t fully pressed. The “19” in 1944 is much more faint than the “44”. It is also missing “Liberty” to the left of Lincoln and the “In” in “In God We Trust” is faint as well. And on the reverse, we can see where the wheat would have been along the edge, and there is a faint “O” present as well near the top. I’m not sure if this is all due to wear over the years or a damaged/worn die during the minting process. What is your opinion? I appreciate your time and input. Thanks!

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    • Hello Brock,

      Wow, it looks like your coin has seen some pretty intense wear. Looking at this coin, I can tell both sides were struck, but the reverse side received a LOT more wear than the obverse side. That would also explain the weakness in the date, which has been partly obliterated due to wear. While this coin is worth only a few cents, I’d say this coin could have quite a story to tell if it could talk(!)

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    • Hi Travis,

      That is post-mint damage. It seems somebody took a very sharp object to that quarter and slashed it multiple times, though for what purpose we will never know.

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  26. Hi Joshua,

    Years ago, while living in Chicago I found a dime on a street where a quarter of it was folded over. From what I can see it is from 1969. I also found a dime (1967) that a small section was missing. I believe this is called “clipped.” But I don’t know anything about coins that are folded. Anything you can educate me on these two coins?

    Thanks!

    Steve

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    • Hello, Steve!

      What an interesting find! While clipped planchets are the result of a mistake from the blanking die (planchet cutter), which punches out blank coin rounds from a large sheet of metal.

      A folded-over strike error is usually a result of a coin blank standing upright between dies as the coin is being struck. Most of these fold-over strike error coins look like crumpled piece of metal with a small sliver of the design stamped on it.

      What I believe happened to the coin on the top of the photo is that it was cut from the leading or tail end of the strip of metal, which explains the bull-nose or folded end of the coin. Pieces like this can range anywhere from a few dollars to $30.

      I hope this helps, Steve. Thank you for your question!

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  27. I have a 1971 Eisenhower dollar missing in “I” in IN God We Trust. Could you advise the value of this coin?

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    • Hello Patsy,

      It is hard to say for certain without seeing the coin, but what I can say is this: Eisenhower dollars were well struck for the most part, so I have think it may have been removed from the coin after it left the mint. If that is the case (and, again, I’m only going on a hunch without seeing the coin), it would be worth face value. Thank you for your question!

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    • Hello Lori,

      To determine why the fourth digit of your dime is missing, I might need to please see a photo of it, if you are able to provide that.

      Thank you!

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  28. I have a penny that I found on the ground. It’s reverse side is in tact, but the obverse is completely missing. I found it strange, though, because there is a rim around where the obverse should be. As if the penny came apart in two pieces, and the obverse half was inside of the reverse half. Is this a real penny? What’s the deal here? Thanks for any help!

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    • Hello, Dave –

      Your penny was intentionally hollowed out, most likely by an illusionist, to create a “gaffe” penny, into which a common dime will fit perfectly.

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      • Hello Leslie,

        This coin looks to have been extremely damaged early on in its life and the damaged areas were worn down over time. I can tell the damage happened after the coin left the U.S. Mint because the rim above Roosevelt’s head appears to have been struck correctly but was mangled with the rest of the coin.

        Poor dime…

        Thanks for your question!

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  29. I have a 1968 s penny and the 1968 and the s has a very strong doubling
    The chest,chin,forehead are also doubled
    Is this a $100,000.00 penny

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    • Hello, Shawn —

      If you could, would you mind submitting a photo of your coin please so I can see the doubling to verify what the nature of it is?

      Thank you!

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      • Thanks for responding, I wish I had the means to get that close to the coin and show you what I’m talking about, but I know that there is two S’s stamped on top of each other, and the 1968 date looks like it’s been doubled like there’s two steps same with his four head his nose and his eyes his chest

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        • Hmm, well I’d hate to get your hopes up if the piece is not double struck or not inform you that you have a valuable coin if it is in fact doubling, but without seeing a photo of the coin I can’t say for certain.

          What I would advise is that the doubling could be something that often happens in the minting process and normally isn’t very valuable. HOWEVER, I recommend you hang onto your coin until a numismatic professional can see your coin in person to double check. Or, if you’re able to get a photo of your coin, please feel free to post it here and I’ll gladly take a look at it.

          Thank you for your question, Shawn!

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          • I believe I just got ahold of a 1983 D copper Alloy Penny that weighs 3.1g and it Has a really different sound when dropped ,, is this 2nd known one to come out of Denver??? I live in Arkansas and I want to get it registered and inspected ,AUCTION TIME $15,000???!!! Plz respond I would like ur opinion where to send this coin
            Thx shawn

          • Hello, Shawn –

            Nice find! To register it, I suggest sending it to ANACS since you don’t have to join a membership to submit your coins to them. As for what the piece would bring at auction depends on the coin’s individual grade as well as the overall buying mood at that point.

            ANACS: https://www.anacs.com
            Info on third-party slabbed coins: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/slabbed_coins/

            All the best to you, and thank you for your question!
            -Josh

    • Hello,

      From what I can tell, this appears to be a type of die break called a cud. If this checks out, the value would be around $10-20.

      Nice find!

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  30. I have a 1988 P quarter and in the words “In god we trust” the “I” is
    missing and the “N” looks like an “A” Could you advise the value of this
    coin?

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    • Hello, Jeronimo —

      Would you please submit a photo of your coin here in the comments section so I can provide a more accurate idea as to your coin’s possible value?

      Thanks!

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  31. I have a penny that I cannot find anything remotely like it in description or photo. I think it is something very special. – It is a complete blank with raised rim, HOWEVER, in the corner, there is the pressed part of the next or another penny. You can ses two letters “IN.” Yet the rim is raised and done perfectly, except for the press of this other coin, like it would have been off center, but is NOT off center becuase the rim is exact. Now the pressed corner, reaches out from the coin. The coin is perfect size and shape with rim, except where it reaches “out” from where the other attached coin is. Here is a picture, please check it out.

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    • Hi, Christopher –

      I actually have an off-center error just like; part of the lettering is exposed and the rim is raised. Your error coin is worth about $5.

      Thank you for your question and for sharing that great photo!

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  32. I have a 1975 Nickel with no mint mark, the letters seem to be wider than usual on both sides, I´m not sure if that´s a double die , any idea what it´s worth?

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    • Hello, Juan –

      To me, it appears your coin was damaged in some type of vending machine or similar apparatus (I’m looking at the grooves on LIBERTY and the date). This could have flattened the appearance of the letters on the coin, as definitely seems to be the case on the right side of the nickel.

      Thanks for your question!

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    • Hello Chris —

      I suspect there was some type of die weakness in that area of the coin; perhaps a filled die in the “L” and “I,” though I can’t say for certain. What I do know is that these types of coins usually carry a small premium. Yours may be worth $5 to $10 to an Eisenhower dollar collector or an error collector.

      Thanks,
      Josh

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    • Hi, Sean –

      These minting irregularities are fairly common with zinc-based Lincoln cents, and I have actually seen several myself over the years. At this time, there is no added value for such Lincoln cents, but they may be worth hanging onto anyway as a curiosity.

      Here’s more info about so-called “Zincolns”: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/zinc_penny/

      Best,
      Josh

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    • Hello, Lemon —

      It appears that your coin was mutilated be act of gouging. It also appears your coin was cleaned. Given that the coin appears to be copper all the way through(I can tell by the gouge marks), your piece would have been made in early 1982 or earlier.

      Thanks for your question and photos!
      -Josh

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  33. I have a 1987 quarter where the quarter looks brand new shinier than I have ever see on a quarter, ridges prefect…Lincoln’s face and all of the writing looks dulled out….not sure what to make of it??? The eagle on the back and writing is the same, looks dulled out and the rest of the coin is super shiny???

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  34. 1983d penny with small bubbles all over it and even a few on the back..the mintage looks doubled too..would there be value, any thoughts

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    • Hello, Jeremy —

      A photo would help me determine the severity of the situation, but tiny bubbles are common on the zinc-core Lincoln cents, which have been made since late 1982. Usually the bubbles are a common situation and don’t add any value to a Lincoln cent, unless they are particularly large or numerous.

      I’d also be curious about the doubling, which I would need to see a photo of to evaluate, please.

      Thanks for your question!

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  35. I have a 1995 penny and it looks like there’s no i in the word liberty. .. is that possible or has anyone ever heard of an error coin like that?

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    • Hello, Eric —

      Weakly struck lettering on Lincoln cents is fairly common, and I suspect weakness in the strike is what caused the ‘I” in LIBERTY to appear either very faint or not at all on your coin.

      This typically does not lead to higher prices, but is nevertheless an interesting anomaly.

      Thanks for your question!
      Josh

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  36. Came across this 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Penny last week and was surprised at first just to see the design of the half completed Capital Dome. Well, I don’t follow coin news and didn’t know about his one.

    That aside, I’d like to know what’s going on with the minting of the date. The dotting nearly blotting it out doesn’t seem to be to have be done on purpose. What explanation might you have to offer? Is that something that can happen while minting? I have a hard time imagining how.

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    • Hello, Melissa —

      Great photo! It appears the coin has been handled post-mint given some of the light fingerprints across the surface, so I always get a little cautious suggesting that a coin that has been touched by human hands has absolutely been altered at the mint, but it appears this coin may have had some type of die damage across the date. This would be extremely scarce on proof coins, which are usually inspected by U.S. Mint officials before being sold to the public.

      Is it possible that you might be able to please send a close-up of the date region, please? I’d be hoping to see the details of the area in question better and try to see if the marking is raised or recessed.

      Thank you!
      Josh

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      • I hope these are bit clearer. I’m using my iPhone these days for photos. The damage certainly looks different one these shots, and likely recessed. Still curious about the cause or reason. I only just found this the other day while ringing.

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        • Hello, Melissa —

          Thank you for uploading those new photos. In the second image especially, it appears the marks are recessed. This would increase the chance that these are marks from post-mint damage. I have researched this further and at this point that is the most likely explanation I can find for that particular type of aberration. The fact that the coin is not in its government-issued packaging only further enhances the chance that this coin received damage after it left the mint.

          I wish I could provide you with more detailed information. This may be better question may be better answered by a coin professional who can actually hold the coin and inspect the marks with a magnifying glass to further ascertain the origin of those marks.

          All the best to you,
          Josh @ TheFunTimesGuide

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          • Josh,

            Thank you very much for taking the time to look at it. I don’t collect coins packaged in mint condition, but this one has certainly provided a bit of amusement in wondering over it’s story. I’ll keep it with my wheat pennies for the oddity it is 🙂

            Melissa.

    • Hi, Raul —

      Over the years, the definition of Lincoln’s face on the Lincoln cent has changed quite a bit. His face shows much more detail today than it did on Lincoln cents from years ago.

      Also, the amount of wear on a coin also affects how Lincoln’s face looks on each individual coin.

      Best,
      Josh

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      • thank you very much Joshua I see that you are very helpful to all as also myself, hope I don’t get you frustrated as I have done to others and have been kicked out without a reason they thought I was joking and making fun of the on the forum. I am a beginner and trying to learn of the postings that I have posted as so do others as they mention. I am only here to learn. thank you again.

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        • Hello, Raul —

          You’re most welcome, and remember — there is no such thing as a “silly question.” Please ask anything you want answers to regarding coins, and I’ll try to help provide an answer. Thank you for stopping by The Fun Times Guide, and feel free to check in anytime!

          All the best sir,
          Josh

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  37. Found this quarter that only has the first two digits of the year. I was wondering about how common an error like this is and if it has any worth.

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    • Hi, Swiss —

      This is a very eye-catching piece, though I’m curious if this may in fact be a type of gaffe coin, or illusionist’s coin, which are often made in a fashion like this. The best way to determine this would be an up-close examination of the surface under Washington’s bust to look for metal disturbances that would indicate the last two digits were removed. 5x-10x magnification would be needed to determine that.

      Best,
      Josh

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  38. I have a 1973 dime that has the face printed on it and on the other side it is totally blank nothing on it. How much would it be worth?

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    • Hi, Larey —

      Without seeing your coin, I’m leaning toward thinking your coin was intentionally altered, as such errors are virtually impossible given modern minting techniques. However, if you wouldn’t mind posting a photo, please, I’d be interested in seeing if it was a type of die issue.

      Thanks!
      Josh

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  39. I have this penny that is bigger darker but weighs the same as a regular penny. Can anybody help me out with this? Any info would be great thx

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  40. I have a one cent from 1847 that has a scratch accross the back side. But if you look closely one the front, I think there’s a bit more than that. The scratch looks like it bent the coin? And it looks like it may have gotten stuck on the die? Because the face on it looks weird too… And I also have a 1805 half penny. I’m pretty sure it was subjected to a LOT of wear. Any help would be greatly appreciated! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b3ae9f29874d9ce44bb43d0da008b42f79c0aeed43cc323c08f8191ddaca17f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7ff9bcafa2f1abbbe8c6edc69669712ff4d0e15321fe16e2e9f07e7e9a3edeac.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8678dbe8028ab62d47655e1b92999af0f4332fbb0b8bf906f563846033cd4ede.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d9d4b4e54c6333c1a3aeb668c2bdaf2509839864d3c708afac36281bddd9fc7e.jpg

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  41. What could cause this dot under the 3rd Star on this Proof Kennedy Half? It is still in the mint package, and it isn’t something on the outside, so I was just curious what it could be, if you could help, thanks. If you need another pic or anything, please let me know..

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  42. I HAVE A 1987 S ROOSEVELT DIME , THAT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN MINTED WITHOUT THE SILVER ON THE OUTSIDE. I CANT SEEM TO FIND ANY INFORMATION ON ANY COIN THAT THIS COULD OF HAPPENED TO . IF ANYONE CAN DIRECT ME WITH SOME HELP, I WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL. THANK YOU FROM La Center, WA. U.S.A.

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  43. I HAVE A 1987 S ROOSEVELT DIME , THAT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN MINTED WITHOUT THE SILVER ON THE OUTSIDE. I CANT SEEM TO FIND ANY INFORMATION ON ANY COIN THAT THIS COULD OF HAPPENED TO . IF ANYONE CAN DIRECT ME WITH SOME HELP, I WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL. THANK YOU FROM La Center, WA. U.S.A.

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  44. this was a pocket find it only stood out as it is super shiny (couldn’t get a good pic) on the edge there is only a tiny spot of the coppery color which is usually a full bad around also the notch in the coin between the B and E is not discolored and shows the same shine as the rest of the coin also the in god we trust as you can see is cockeyed. Any help to help research the coin more would be appreciated

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  45. I got a pocket find penny and I think it’s a double clipped error penny can anyone tell me if its worth anything? It’s a 1964 penny.

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    • Hi, Angela —

      I’ll tell you what happened here — somebody hammered the impression of another Lincoln cent onto this one, which is why the double stamped design is incuse (into the coin) instead of proud to the surface. This is definitely an eye-popper, though!

      Best,
      Josh

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  46. I have a 1987 Lincoln cent that is silver in color that weights 2.6 so I’m guessing that the finish coating was never applied to the coin . Have you ever heard of anyone else having one and where should I send it to have it authenticated

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  47. got handed this at a gas station today, don’t know what happened, but it’s split on top and bottom through the edges. maybe cut with a band saw? i have no clue.. i always check my coins for pre-war 44 dates… but this one was just odd in the bunch.. maybe you would know. the top and bottom are cut clean in half like somebody wanted to see the inside, or a smaller chunk of metal was struck..

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    • Hi, Kevin —

      There certainly are mint-derived errors that involve clips and cuts, though it is unfortunately a little difficult for me to tell without getting a closer look at the coin near the cut sites. Also, it appears in this photo that the rim of the coin is also exposing its zinc core? If that’s the case, I’m inclined to believe this coin may simply be a case of post-mint damage. Again though, I’d love to see a close photo of the coin (if you wouldn’t mind!) to ascertain what’s going on with this interesting piece.

      Thanks!
      Josh

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  48. This 1995 penny has a mark on it by the tea and a reverse side the penny. It is raised and smooth around the edges of the line. Is it a mint mark and is it worth anything?

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  49. Hello,
    My husband and I are coin collectors, (we check every coin we get, lol) and we have two, 2015p dimes that have certain parts on each, such as the date and “In God We Trust” that looks like the print was doubled. But the double prints are in different places on each dime. You can hardly see it unless you look at them with a magnifier. We have compared them to other 2015p dimes and the others are not double printed like these two. We also have a 1776-1976 Bicentennial Quarter that doesn’t have a mintmark and the bottom part of the E in STATES is missing so that it looks like an F. We also have a 1947 Canadian Maple Leaf penny that has a small dot under the T in CENT on the back. And we have a 1988p nickel that looks like it was struck deeper than other 1988p nickels. Can you tell us anything about any of these coins? Thank You!

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    • Hello, Johnny and Ariel!

      I love it when couples get to enjoy this hobby together — what a great form of bonding! As for your coins, here are my sight-unseen opinions of each:

      1988 Jefferson nickel — It’s very possible that the deeply struck nickel is in fact a better-than-average specimen. Many modern coins are struck well, but some better than others. If worn, it’s worth only face value. But I still urge you to keep your eyes out for these well-struck pieces; they are not really rare in terms of modern-day coinage, but still worth holding onto if in higher grades.

      1947 Canadian cent: That dot is, believe it or not, a very (VERY) tiny maple leaf! A roughly equal number of 1947 Canada cents were made with and without the maple leaf, and either is worth about 10 to 20 cents in worn grades, but it’s neat hanging onto any way.

      1776-1976 Bicentennial quarter: The lack of a mintmark indicates it was struck at the Philadelphia Mint. The missing part of the “E” is likely caused by post-mint damage, though I could confirm with a photo if you would like.

      2015 Roosevelt dimes — As far as my research sows, there is no official attribution of a 2015 doubled die dime yet, but I know that a lot of times, what appear to be doubled dies are actually signs of die deterioration, which does not add any value to the coin.

      I hope this helps! All the best in your coin collecting journey, and please check back with questions or comments whenever you wish!

      Best,
      Josh

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  50. 2005 Oregon quarter with burst bubbles in all the O’s on obverse side and reverse side. Also raised spots on the R of quarter obverse side and exactly in the same spot on the reverse below the 5 in 2005. Also a raised spot near the top of the tree on the reverse side. What is this and is it worth anything?

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  51. Hello, Mykaylie —

    Both of these coins (the 1960 and 1960-D) are large dates. I can tell because the top of the “9” in the date exceeds the height of both “1”s in the date.

    The 1960-D is worth 2 cents and the 1960, given its condition, is worth closer to 5 cents.

    Best,
    Josh

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  52. Hi, Mykaylie —

    It appears your New York quarter has signs of machine doubling, which unfortunately does not add any extra value to the coin.

    Best,
    Josh

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  53. Hi, Mykaylie —

    Ah, yes — I know exactly what happened to that 1962 penny. It appears somebody took a pencil eraser to that coin and went to town polishing it. The striations (lines) on the coin are the biggest give away to me. The polishing job created an artificial appearance on the coin, wearing away both patina and metal in the process.

    Any copper one-cent coins that look like that 1962 are, 9 times out of 10, cleaned.

    Best,
    Josh

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  54. founjd this dime in a jewlery box…looks like roosevelt has a bump on his forehead and i think we missing a limb on tree

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    • Hi, Donna —

      It looks like some of the clad layer was deformed, possibly by intense heat (a common problem with the copper-nickel cladding). Such post-mint damage is eye-catching but does not help make the coin’s value. Such pieces are worth face value.

      What a neat find nevertheless!
      Josh

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  55. I have this 1963 D Roosevelt dime that appears to have an extra partial piece on the front of the coin. Nothing unusual on the back. I hope this picture shows enough detail to get your thoughts on the two levels at neck. Thanks.

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  56. Hi I have a question, I have a 1951 Franklin Half that has slight toning, but I noticed that the reverse looks to be double die. I have looked all over the internet and can not seem to find anything like this, I found proof ones that are uncirculated or different dates, I there such a coin is know to exist? I would of attached a photo but half to do it from my phone, Any help or info would be appreciated. Thank you

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    • Hi, April —

      There ARE 1951 Franklin half dollars with doubled die reverses. Would you please upload a photo (as clear as you could make it) of your coin?

      Thank you so much!
      Josh

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      • Hi Josh!
        Thank you for getting back with me. Yes me and another person have been researching and not able to find anything. But here are some pictures I tried to take ones as good as I could.

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          • Hi, April —

            There is a popular doubled die variety on which there is distinct doubling within the words “PASS AND STOW” etc. on the Liberty Bell. Unfortunately, that lettering is too far worn away on this example to tell by photo. BUT, what I do see is potential doubling in the “U” of “UNUM” and perhaps the top right part of the “H” in “HALF DOLLAR.” What I tried to do is blow up the photo super-large to see if the ridges of what could be doubled die lettering is in fact a variety or actually nick from post-mint damage. As I get to the point where the photo is large enough, the details become quite grainy.

            I suggest one of two things. Either bring your coin to a coin dealer for in-hand inspection under a 5X or 10X magnification or send your coin to a third-party coin grading company for authentication. I will prepare you that it’s possible the appearance of doubling may be either post-mint damage or machine doubling (not valuable), but I do like some of the definition from what I’ve seen in the photos so far. There are always new doubled dies and other varieties just waiting to be discovered.

            Here’s some more advice on some of the topics I’ve covered in this reply:

            A searchable (non-exhaustive) list of reputable coin dealers: https://www.pngdealers.org/find-a-png-dealer

            Tips for finding a good coin dealer: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/

            More info on slabbed (certified) coins: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/slabbed_coins/

            Best of luck,
            Josh

  57. In 1977 I received change in a vending machine at work. I noticed a shiny new Roosevelt dime. It was silver on one side and copper on the back. I took it to a coin dealer who said it was a minting error where the silver sheet slipped off when striking the back and probably the whole sheet of coins were not struck with the silver (not sure that is exactly his words but since so long ago that is what the impression was. He said to save it until I find if there are others that show up. I have kept it in a little sealed plastic bag. Has anyone seen any of these?

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    • Hi, Pamela —

      I wonder if the reverse image might be a bit clearer if possible so I can determine what may have caused the surface aberration. Also, an edge shot would show me the possible absence of the outer plating. Also, taking the weight of the coin, down to the hundredth of a gram, would be useful.

      This looks like an interesting coin and I hope to help you further once we can ascertain the above information.

      Best!
      Josh

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        • Hi, Pamela —

          Thank you for the uploads. I think the most important photo for me to see in clearer detail if possible would be the edge shot. At this point, the coin still appears as though it is just discolored, but I don’t want to say for certain until I can get a better look at the edge to see the copper band and (any potential) nickel plating. A weight measurement down to the hundredth of a gram would also be useful if possible.

          Thank you so much!
          Josh

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          • I am not sure how to weigh this but will find out. Hate to appear clueless but I am clueless at the moment. Will get back on this info.

      • Hi again Joshua… Here are a couple more photos. I only have my iphone so they aren’t as good as they should be but think better. I even turned coin on side. I looked through magnifier at the edge of the coin and there is a definite split line in center of edge all way around… (silver-copper) most visible in this shot near top. There is also a dark band across top I thought might be from the plating machine or the vending machine. I have kept this coin in small plastic bag in jewelry box since getting it in 1977. Hope you can help further. Thank you. -Pamela-

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  58. Hi, Pamela —

    So, the dime weighs 1.89 grams? Hmm… that is certainly lighter than the 2.27 grams that it should weigh. It’s possible that this is a metal error. I suggest sending it to a major third-party coin grading company for authentication. If you’re interested in selling this coin — and if it is indeed an error, having it authenticated and certified is the only way anybody will have confidence in paying top-dollar for a coin like this.

    I am hopeful for you that this does check out — so far it seems to be.

    Here’s more info on the various coin grading services: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/slabbed_coins/

    Best,
    Josh

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    • Hi again Joshua… thank you so much for all your information and feedback. I will send the coin but… how do I insure this coin. How do I know the top dollar value?

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  59. I was going through my change and found a 1971 s penny and it looks like it was double struck in the words on the obverse side any ideal about this coin?

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  60. Hi I have a dime that is stuck in a penny and was wondering if it can be worth anything also have a nickel that im wondering if it is worth anything also.here is a pic of both

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  61. Hi. I’m just a newbie on coin collections, my knowledge about cc is just based on the things i read on the internet. I need some advice about a very unique coin ( i think its the only one in the world ) If it would still have a good worth selling even if it is already in poor condition. I found a 1935 Walking Liberty half dollar multiple-error coin ( i don’t seem to find which category it fits). It’s a die capped-brockage- with a Coin Struck on Feeder Finger Tips attached-mated pairs error coin. and its a 1935 walker a piece with less record on error coins. i need some pointers on what to do how to sell it. thanks

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    • Hi, Ryze —

      Hmm… This is definitely worth an in-hand inspection. I’d recommend going with a third-party coin grader (TPG). Here’s some info about those companies: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/slabbed_coins/

      Bear in mind, TPGs will charge anywhere from $20 or more for certification. It’s well worth the fee if this coin does check out. Be sure to go with a major, reputable company, as TPGs aren’t the place to be cutting corners.

      Good luck, and please let us know how this grades/certifies!
      Josh

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      • Thanks for the advice Joshua. This seems like a problem to me because I’m from the Philippines and i dont know if there is a qualified TPG in here. For authenticity i think this is not a counterfeit because its worn out area (area with reddish color) is showing its mint, copper, and silver parts. I guess i should keep this safe and think of my next step because i cant just go mailing this around to get a certification. Thanks again for your helpful infos.

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        • Hi, Ryze —

          It is likely the coin is authentic, but if it is, its value would be significant and quite possibly into the hundreds of dollars. Such pieces tend to sell more quickly and for higher values if certified. Mailing coins to reputable third-party coin graders is done every day, but if you’re understandably nervous about selling your coin, I suggest you check out reputable coin dealers near you.

          Here’s a searchable list of coin dealers: https://png.memberclicks.net/find-a-png-dealer

          And here’s info on how to find a good coin dealer: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/

          Best,
          Josh

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    • Ah, yes — for example, a 1970-S Washington proof quarter struck on a 1941 Canadian quarter is worth every last cent of $35,000 to the error coin enthusiast just as a 1964-1/2 cherry red Ford Mustang with a 289/271hp V-8 engine is worth every last bit of $35,000 to the car collector.

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  62. I have a 1986 quarter with no reeding at all. Its wierd looking. I’ve never saw a coin like it. It also weighs 4.6 grams. Is it possible that it was struck on a Canadian nickel planchet?

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    • Hi, Nathan —

      It sounds like, based on your description, your coin may have been heavily worn and quite possibly corroded, based on its weight. May I see a photo of your coin?

      Best,
      Josh

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  63. I have a 1998 proof set, still sealed in the case, where the penny has a break on the upper left corner of the Lincoln Memorial, directly above the last column. Any thoughts? See attached photos.

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    • Hello, Robert —

      Hmm… this is interesting. I have seen similar interruptions on proof coins before. They normally are minor forms of strike damage. I don’t seem to see any signs of this die chips or die breaks. Perhaps an in-hand inspection of the coin at different angle would yield a different opinion.

      Best,
      Josh

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  64. hi I have a 1952 quarter and both sides the edeges are raised significantly what type of error is that classified as? also the eagle is upside down

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    • Hello, Tonya —

      This 1952 quarter appears to be a “dryer coin.” What that means is it appears to have been centrifuged inside a machine, such as a laundry dryer, which would have forced the coin’s edges upward. This piece is still worth its bullion value, or about $4.

      Neat find!
      Josh

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  65. Hello I have found a penny, that i’m not sure would be classified as a DD or a ejection imprint, or…? *directly under the 8 in the date is the top of a 2nd whole 8. *
    I’ve attached a few pictures. Any help would be most appreciated, Thanks.

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    • Hi,

      I believe the anomaly appears to be sunken, no? If it is, I would be pretty confident in this being post-mint damage. If the area is raised, it’s likely a die chip and is worth $1 to $2.

      I hope this helps,
      Josh

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      • It’s as if the 8 in the date was used as the stamp or imprint, in the lower image. so the opposite fields are protruded, the space inside the top loop of the 8 in the date, measures exactly what the impression beneath it’s top loop ‘s space protrudes.

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        • Hi,

          Hmm… The “8” appears regular in terms of shape and such. Is the mark below the “8′ protruded, or is it in impression into the surface?

          Thanks!
          Josh

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          • Hi, Beautiful Mommy —

            I’ve done some extra digging to look for any record of repunched dates (which isn’t normally something seen on coins — usually it would be a repunched mintmark on pieces made before 1990). I’m not finding anything, but that doesn’t mean there is no such occurrence of one on a 1985 Lincoln cent. While I think the mark on the coin is an isolated incident of post-mint damage, it’s possible this is a die variety.

            The official master list of die varieties is CONECA: https://varietyvista.com/CONECA%20Master%20Listings.htm

            They offer a die variety attribution service and, if your coin is a die variety, it could be officially attributed as such. Here’s a link for more info on that service: https://varietyvista.com/Attribution%20Services.htm

            I’m wishing you all the best!
            Josh

          • Thank you so much for your kind comments! Please stop by again if you have more coin-related questions in the future.

            Take care,
            Josh

          • Yes It does, I’ve just set it aside, I have five thousand coins like this one( with silly little odd things that stand out) they just sit in waiting for a new publication for a new oddity recognized and acceptable to submit. 🙂

          • Ha ha! Well, maybe you could supply the plate photos for just such a book!

            Have a great day,
            Josh

  66. i’ll upload a few more, i’m trying to get a better light angle. The 2nd eight is visible without the assistance of a magnification lens quite easily.

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  67. Penny error I’d assume but not sure what it would be called and is it worth anything?

    In God We Trust and USofA on the back are struck on the rim.

    Thanks

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    • Hello,

      It looks like there was rim compression most possibly caused by centrifugal force. This could have happened in a clothes dryer. This piece is worth one cent but would still be something I’d hold aside.

      Best,
      Josh

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    • Hi, Pocketchange —

      This looks like a die cud. Such errors tend to be worth at least $5 to $10 and up.’

      Awesome find!
      Josh

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    • Hello, Nestor —

      Yes, without seeing the coin in-hand I’d have to agree this coin appears to be a grease strike-through error. If so, and I believe it is, it’s really quite significant. These are unusual and there’s no cut-and-dry value for such coins; they’re more or less traded on a case-by-case basis. However, I’ve seen similar coins sell for anywhere between $50 and $150.

      If you’d like to confirm with a coin professional who can view the coin in-hand, I suggest checking with a reputable coin dealer or third-party coin certification firm.

      Here’s more info:

      3rd-Party Coin Certification Companies: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/slabbed_coins/
      How To Find A Good Coin Dealer: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/
      Nationwide Searchable List of Coin Dealers: https://png.memberclicks.net/find-a-png-dealer

      I hope this info is helpful,
      Josh

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      • Hello Joshua,

        The picture does not really shows what I see (the color specially). The dark areas is where you can find the grease. BTW – I’m not cleaning the grease.

        Last month, I just have started looking at my jar of coins after a saw a video of a one penny sold for more than a million dollar. Last week I bought a bag of 100 dollar coins from the U.S. Mint and that is where I found coin.

        Thank you for your advise and thank you very much for your time.

        Nestor

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    • Hi, Michael —

      Hmm… This looks like a die chip or possible die break. These are usually worth anywhere from $2 to $10 or more. In this case, I’d be willing to bet this might garner some collector interest because of the prominent location of the chip, right there on his nose. I think I may even see a break running through his nose, but I can’t tell because the image is just a tad blurry upon zoom.

      You might want to get this attributed by die variety expert John Wexler or the folks at CONECA. Here are there websites:

      CONECA: https://varietyvista.com/index.htm
      John Wexler: https://www.doubleddie.com/

      Good luck,
      Josh

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      • I don’t see anything on either site regarding this kind of “error”. Also, it seems like it’s somewhere around 20 bucks or more for attribution, when you include shipping and insurance …..do you really think (if this is in fact collectible) this would fetch enough of a premium that sending it to get attributed is worth it?

        Thanks for your help, Josh. You’ve helped this newbie navigate the waters a little easier.

        Michael

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        • Hi, Michael —

          It’s really hard to say for certain what your coin would fetch in an open market offering. Unlike regular-issue coins, which more or less trade hands often enough to create a modicum of “average” buy/sell prices, variety and error coins such as yours belong to more of a niche field of collecting and, often, only a few examples may be known to exist. It’s therefore hard to gauge how much interest your specific piece would garner.

          Many die varieties fall flat in terms of value, while others soar. In most cases, die chips really aren’t considered valuable varieties because they are relatively common — at least in the context of error/variety coins. I would probably not spend the $20 to get the coin certified at this time, because if the goal is to sell it I don’t think you would get more than $5 to $10 for this piece, tops.

          That is, of course, unless you run across somebody who really wants this particular coin and is willing to pay more. That actually isn’t impossible, and you might be surprised to learn that some variety collectors with deep pockets spend incredible sums of money to obtain a variety or error that might seem insignificant to many but, to the variety collector, represents an unusual and/or rare find.

          I know this isn’t 100% conclusive info but hopefully helps you think about the things you must consider when deciding to spend $20-$40 on coin certification both now and down the line.

          Good luck,
          Josh

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    • Hi, Adam —

      From what I can tell in the photo this is a 1982-D small date zinc cent (small date due to the alignment of the tops and bottoms of the “1,” “8,” and “2,” in the date and zinc because of apparent bubbling of the copper coating over the zinc core.

      The only way to know for sure if it’s a zinc cent is to subject it to a weight/composition test. A zinc cent weighs 2.5 grams and a copper piece comes in at 3.11 grams. If you have no scale, lightly drop the coin on a hard surface. A copper cent rings like a tiny bell after hitting a hard surface, whereas a zinc cent make a dull click.

      I don’t see any indication in these photos that the coin is a doubled die, but this is still a good find!

      Best,
      Josh

      P.S. – I don’t ordinarily recommend dropping coins onto hard surfaces(!)

      Best,
      Josh

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  68. Hi Josh,

    You have a terrific website. It’s very informative.

    I have a 2006 S Proof Sacagawea dollar with several abnormalities. Attached are two few photos of the most glaring errors. The coin also appears to have some minor doubling on many of the letters. The obverse looks normal.

    Does a coin in this condition hold any collectible value, or is it basically just junk?

    Thanks.

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    • Hi, Timothy —

      First of all, thank you for your kind comments! As for your coin, it’s interesting because it appears as though it was very weakly struck and/or had some die issues, and perhaps was filled with grease or other foreign matter. This is unusual for a modern-day proof coin because they are usually stuck with flawless results and those that aren’t are melted. So, what might make this coin valuable is that it looks like a relatively poor example of a proof coin. The one who might be able to assist further is either CONECA or die variety expert John Wexler, whose websites are listed below:

      CONECA: https://varietyvista.com/index.htm
      John Wexler: https://www.doubleddie.com/

      Cool find!
      -Josh

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    • Hi, Manny —

      Hmm… without viewing the coin in person and getting to look at it closely and at different angles it is hard to say for certain but I highly suspect this is post-Mint only because it would be virtually impossible for a (larger) nickel to get into the (smaller) one-cent processing machinery for striking, etc. Commonly, with superimposed designs of this nature the culprit is that the coin whose image is on top of the primary coin was somehow adhered to the surface, and what you see now is a hard, perhaps epoxy, residue left behind. One way to tell without harming the coin is if it is safely and carefully submersed in acetone for a short while and then see if the superimposed image begins to wear off.

      Whatever the case here, this is certainly eye-popping!

      Thank you for your question and photo,
      Josh

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      • Thank you..it appears though the penny Is on the nickel. i will follow your advice and see what happens i’ll take other photos also.

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  69. Hello!! I have 2013 $5 bill that has a serial number of MC34567893B.
    just wondering if that means anything to anybody?

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    Hello my son found a funny quarter the other day. it is hinged somehow and can bend back and forth. It must be a trick quarter of some sort. It has spring in it, so it lays flat without applying pressure. Any clue? Thanks, Dave

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    • Ah ha, Dave! It looks like your son found some type of coin art — a “trick coin” or something of the like. Though a real quarter, this is definitely not a Mint-made hinged piece, but it is still worth saving. These types of novelties are often worth a couple dollars. And they’re neat to find in circulation.

      Congrats to you and your son on the neat discovery!
      -Josh

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      • yeah, right away I felt is was a novelty of some sort. Really well made. I have looked on line for links showing tis coin, but have not found anything. If you ever come across a link to something that relates, let me know. Thanks again.

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        • Hi, Dave —

          There are all kinds of unique novelties out there — even coin jigsaw puzzles (actual coins that have been cut into puzzle pieces). In many cases these types of pieces are worth more as novelties than if the coins ha been left unadulterated!

          Take care,
          Josh

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  71. I have a penny has a building on one side and blank on the other. Should I keep it,get it checked out, or just throw it away?

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    Hi Joshua, I have this 1955 penny that I have had in my collection for years. On the left hand side it has part of the wheat leaf on front of it on the double rim.. It has a ring around it front and back. I never saw a error like this. Do you think it is worth anything? I hope you can see it.

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    • Hello, Timothy —

      Thank you so much for your kind feedback! Hmm… I think this MAY be a doubled die judging on the appearance of the edges of the doubling. I suggest you send these photos to double die expert John Wexler for confirmation and proper attribution if it is indeed a doubled die. Here is his info: https://www.doubleddie.com/

      Best wishes,
      Josh

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  73. Hi Josh, just discovered your site. Very informative, thank you. I have a nickel that is paper-thin with no distortion or edging. Have you heard of this?

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    • Hello, Kwaakwamta Yola —

      Thank you for checking us out. We’ve got an array of articles on virtually every United States coin collecting topic, so I hope you find everything you’re looking for here. As for your nickel, I have both heard of and personally seen such coins, though they are normally altered by acid. May I see a photo of your coin so I can further assist you? You may post the photo of the coin here in the comments section.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

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  74. I was wondering have you seen mint mistakes like this happen? It is a piece of Mercury Dime apparently pressed into a 1944 Wheat Penny. Not sure if something like this could have happened during the mint process. It does not have any tool marks where someone did it theirselves and it is not a perfect circle. Ive had this for around 10 years after receiving in chage at a gas station.
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    • Hi, Derek —

      I’m sorry if this news coms as a disappointment, but this is a meticulously altered piece utilizing metal from a Mercury dime as a plug within a holed Lincoln cent. This piece would have value not as an error (which it’s not) but as a novelty — and it’s certainly unique!

      Thank you for reaching out and for the helpful photos!

      Best wishes,
      Josh

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  75. Hi Josh;
    I’ve been collecting coins for a long long time, but never realized there were so many possibilities out there to find “unique” and potentially valuable coins in loose change. Thank you for sharing them with us! Here’s my question “With so many possibilities out there, does the red book or any other source have all the information you provide?” I guess I can print out your columns and index them, but was hoping there might be a published source. I do have a good error book I like but it doesn’t go into your detail.

    Thanks for your help and keep up the fantastic job!
    dave

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    • Hello, Dave!

      Incredible, isn’t it? The downside to error collecting is that because so many errors are unique in appearance there’s no way to catalog them all, but there are, of course, types of errors. One good website for illustrating the major type is this one: https://www.fredweinberg.com/product-category/error-types/

      The site belongs to coin dealer Fred Weinberg. He’s one of the most prominent error coin dealers in all of coin collecting.

      I hope this is helpful… Good luck in collecting error coins! It’s fun, isn’t it?

      Cheers,
      Josh

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    • Hi, Theresa —

      Despite being born during the “Summer of Love,” this 1967 cent certainly did not receive much love some time ago. Those nicks and bruises are post-Mint damage, unfortunately. However, the coin is still worth about 2 cents for its copper content.

      Best wishes,
      Josh

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  76. Hello Joshua. I know I’ve been gone for quite a while, But Joshua, I have very sad news; Dad’s gone. I did find out after his passing that he had quite a little collection…and its also apparent that, like me, he had an interest in error coins. And Joshua…he had even collected a mint set from the year I was born; 1967. It warmed my heart to know that we had something this personal in common. Every once n a while i come across a coin or two that appear to have some kind of issue, but not sure what exactly. I noticed this 2012 D dime and while it doesn’t appear to be a regular clipped planchet, it definitely warrants a good looking at. Also, on this same coin, does it look to be doubling on the b in Liberty? I’ll look forward to your response, and I’ll update you some more on my newly aquired coins. Thank you. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/64873694a48d0ae59ee700a389aae84838da20ea253b2926e29a6f72cd5e4b74.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c56ce1f586b539f97eef10a0ef2d3f0df5d620375bb33583bf53629ef9afcad.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7dbed278a59f8364065be87e83b4b6b5aa0f6b767c43537f50b8d5e45ce7f2d5.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fbf2084c3de139d2a570a876ea741e7aabf6713d40a422faeb3b44100b090a7f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2087048468c119751b2556d4cd423f0b65e382d194182a9fdf6cf673bc214c32.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6f931e7077aa96130f387df28891508d158430fdc6bf65b70e7228937701a541.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2e80b18ece1711c9be7645a8f0de3c33c6151ddeed3a4196fb1fa593f5af00d2.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5c5110985acbcd1369aa8b0173a54e92dd0f9673032cb3851cec811f2d7a7010.jpg

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    • My goodness, Leah, I am so sorry to hear the sad news about your dad…

      But what an incredible thing that he, like you, shared an interest in error coins. And that 1967 set? His numismatic way of showing his love for you.

      As for this 2012-D Roosevelt dime, I’m not sure about this one being an error or post-mint damage. The spread of damage across the surface smacks of post-mint damage, but the chunk missing at the top may be a clipped planchet. I’m leaning toward this being post-mint damage but I think I’d send these photos to error expert Fred Winberg for a second opinion. Here’s his info: https://www.fredweinberg.com/

      I hope you keep enjoying your journey in the hobby; it will always remain a loving connection to your dad…

      Best wishes,
      Josh

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    • Hi, Camelia —

      I’m not saying that what you’re seeing isn’t there, but whatever it is isn’t showing up clearly enough in the photos for me to see it. Hmm…. You might want to have the coin evaluated in hand by someone who can double check with you under the proper lighting. Maybe a coin dealer can help?

      If you’re interested, here’s a directory of coin dealers throughout the US: https://www.greysheet.com/DealerDirectory
      And here are tips on finding a good coin dealer: https://coins.thefuntimesguide.com/coin_dealer/

      Best of luck!
      Josh

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      • Thank you for the reply and the links. All of them are over 100 miles from here except 2, and one of them has a website, they deal with old furniture and specialize in jewelry, gold and silver. I’ll just gather what I may think is worth more than a penny, catalog them, and keep learning. I have found a 70-s, 71-s, and 74-s that seem interesting. And a 1989 with what I think it’s doubling, and some errors. And one with kindda of a double ear, not completely though. It’s funny, it’s like I want to keep all of them. Each one is interesting in its own way. However, I also have bills.

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        • That’s the hard part, Camelia — deciding what to keep and which ones go to paying for the lights. I know the feeling, believe me!

          If you want to post photos of a few of the new coins you’ve found please feel free!

          Fingers crossed,
          Josh

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  77. I love the old Jefferson cents. Not too fond of the shield ones. But I do like the new nickles. Quite interesting. So before I post some of the pictures of the cents found (questions behold)…I spent a few hours last night looking at this 2015-P nickel. Lots of errors, or so it looks to me. I don’t know if it’s post mint or mint, but here are some of the pictures. Btw–the coin is really clean and shiny, not cleaned. The mark on the right cheek is a tiny blob (no dent). There also seems to be a blob in his nose, and tear in his eye, while the left cheek is pronounced. All the wire pictures are not scratches, since they are not indented or dented in, but rather rounded.

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    • Hi, Camelia —

      This one was severely altered and damaged by someone, perhaps to pass as a dime either in a vending machine or a dime roll. When you see grooves and such like this, it’s virtually always a post-mint problem. Golly, the stories THIS penny could tell, huh?

      Interesting find,
      Josh

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      • Why would someone go through all that trouble just to be able to put it in a vending machine or complete a roll? I can see that maybe a higher denomination coin would be altered in order to profit from all the work.

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    • Hi, Camelia —

      Those appear to be finger prints! Interesting pattern nonetheless!

      At leas this piece is worth its copper value, or about 2 cents…

      Happy New Year!
      Josh

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        • Hey, Camelia —

          They were likely there after the coin was minted; generally speaking Mint employees even in the 1970s used gloves when handling coins, and by that time virtually the entire minting process from coil to final delivery was done by machinery.

          Fingerprints are usually pretty difficult to remove from a coin and many folks who are trying to safely preserve an expensive piece utilize conversation services, which would cost more than this particular piece is worth.

          I hope this info is helpful! Cheers!
          Josh

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          • Got it. Is this the NEW dna fingerprint filing system? That would be funny. No more going to ancestry dot com. Just peruse coins.

  78. Josh, I don’t think am going to be writing a nickel errors book, but rather ‘Man’s damage–a penny’s saga’. It seems that’s all I stumble unto. LOL. Look at the below, for example, a 1981 penny. I see a ring going around the edge (who knows what that is; it’s like a stain more than anything; not scratched or dented). Then, around the back of the head above liberty, and below libERTY and around the back of the neck and shoulder, a bigger bulge. You can see it better in person. Not a tremendous bulge, but you can see it with a 2x. Or who knows, maybe it’s the light. I’ve tried to look at it by the window, under the lamp, etc.

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    • Ah, yes… And sadly humans can be pretty abusive to their coins! Sometimes totally by accident but often intentionally, too. You may just be on to an interesting book concept though!

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      • I think so. But, if you think about it, the whole saga is what brings it all together. From the mint, to circulation, to a penny in a jar, to a penny in the gutter, to a penny forgotten on a mill machine, ..overall, it is “the smallest thing in the world of affairs”, a thought, that wouldn’t be forgotten.

        Through its stories, and everyone that stepped into it.

        It’s wonderful to look at a minted coin, and at the same time, to see the story of the others–coins thrown in fountains, coins kicked on the street, ….and yet, we see in a way, a history. Not just of coins, but with everything we do, there is a story. We have been here.
        I will keep the damaged coins. That’s true, as you said–some intentionally, some not, and others on the road to find their story. Why not!

        So who knows– I may be on a road to discovering more stories (and more damaged coins; they seem to like me for some reason, or I keep finding them).

        Always loved the saying: ” A penny for your thought” !

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