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22 Sep 2021

FREAK SHOW 1968 – XIII

| Haney

Well after starting off the work week with a triple digit day today is decidedly different. 

The windows are open and there is a nice breeze wafting in without any of the humidity we have had in days past hinting that fall maybe truly around the corner.  Granted I have been in the spirit for a while thanks to Spirited banners appearing on tired strip malls and tagging along with my wife into that Biblically ran hobby shop where orange and brown is now being replaced with evergreen and red way to fast as Halloween has not past.  So while sipping my coffee, no it is not a PSL, I looked at my cast of ghoulish delights and landed upon one that embraces the feel of a fall like day.

As for a type it is not spectacular nor is it misshapen and grotesque, but the warm hues simple stated as RB just says I am fall gaze upon me.  Many of the Jefferson's like the one that started this year's series are bright, but this one almost seems more worn than poorly struck.  The surfaces both the field and raised have shades browns with hints of green, offset by fiery copper red highlights that do not distract but enhances its beauty.  Yes, okay I said it, it is a beautiful member of my menagerie maybe it is the fall talking though I admit I like it and had to have him for my group at first sight.  Though this is hardly fair as I have only been describing the obverse.  The reverse is equally satisfying with Monticello highlighted in a warm glow of amber.  The building itself almost seems silhouetted as there is little architectural detail to be seen, due to the lack of metal available for the strike, as if being backlit by a setting sun or rising moon.  So I hope you can understand why I felt the need to present this cast member today.

Getting to the generic information on this wonderful piece it is encapsulated by PCGS and arrived to me with several others during a rather successful all Error Auction put on by Heritage.  It is described as 1968-D Mint Error 5C, PCGS MS62RB, Stuck on Cent Planchet, which in and of itself is nothing too exciting.  Beyond the color I tend to see many more 1968-S Jefferson nickels on cent planchets than Denver issues which may allude to a rarity.  Though if you judged its rarity based upon price it actually sold for less than similar San Francisco issues.  Who knows maybe the RB was a turn off for some proving the old axiom that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  It could also be a simple case of us old time collectors equating the 'S' mint mark to rarity.  Either way I am glad to be the new owner.

Before closing I like to offer a small quiz as to which category this FREAK fits into using the PDS system?

Until next week stay safe and I hope some fall blows your way...............

Comments

Kepi

Level 6

Love these "Freak Show" coins! Really cool! Fall is in the air... Can't wait for this Halloween season! ; )

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Haney, good to see you active again!

"SUN"

Level 6

Enjoyed the blog. Stay cool.

Haney

Level 4

Well the breeze went away today, but still have the windows open though I suspect will be back to using the A/C by Saturday. Still it was a nice preview of things to come.

Longstrider

Level 6

Great blog. A great coin choice to go with the mood. Well done. Thanks.

CoinHunter

Level 5

Very nice and extreme error coin!

Mike

Level 7

I believe the mints make these on purpose. You can't tell me that a mint worker can't tell the difference between them. It is said often that the Denver Mint has the most problems. I just looked and sure enough this nickel is from Denver! Makes you think. Thanks for the blog I enjoyed it. And that's a great nickel!!

AC coin$

Level 4

Nice that coin shown in ,your blog post. Now you see it gives live to other coins.

Golfer

Level 5

You might make me an error collector soon. Very nice coin. Thanks for sharing.

thatcoinguy

Level 4

Wow… that coin is beautiful! I would thing this would be a Planchet error. It could be a strike error to some people though…

Haney

Level 4

On the face of it I would say it is a Strike error as there appears to be nothing wrong with the die and the planchet appears to be whole. Though upon further examination it does appear there could have been a small planchet defect that existed prior to the strike if you look on the reverse just below the 'I' in FIVE. So maybe this one 'P & S' could be correct. Thanks for playing!

Long Beard

Level 5

Another one. Cool! I can't help but think of Rob Zombie every time I read your blogs. Thanks!

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