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18 Oct 2022

FREAK SHOW 1968 – XXIV

| Haney

This time I have something that would have once been labelled in the error community as sintered, no not sinister despite it being a highly appropriate movie for the season, planchet it is now classified as annealed. Yes it does look like another FIEND I presented earlier this season but the reverse does not get its copper tone, not the tanning oil, due to missing a layer of cladding but due to a chemical process. This little guy gets his copper sheen in the annealing process where all the little planchets go to get cooked, you know Daunte's inferno, as part of the preparation process prior to striking. Now you probably want to know how, well originally when I had it explained to me the process was known as sintered, it was copper dust held somehow is suspension then adhered to the copper nickel planchet, which can even happen to a nickel which is strangely named being mostly copper. To explained how this occurred on a nickel planchet it was thought that either it proceeded a batch of cent planchets or were stuck with them. The new theory and term Improperly Annealed Planchet states that the planchet possibly stayed longer than it should have in the furnace allowing the copper atoms migrate to the surface, this theory seems to make it appearance on a nickel planchet a lot easier don't you think? It would seem this could move from theory to fact using weight, but in both cases we are probably talking the difference that would be undetectable by any scale the average numismatist would have access to. It would be along the lines of weighing the amount of material lost on a coins surface due to toning, think I am crazy read Coin Chemistry as the author describes how to calculate that very thing.

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29 Sep 2022

FREAK SHOW 1968 – XXI

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Well as I have been on a roll with my little band of Washington misfits, let us continue with two new performers one from the city of brotherly love and the other from the mile high city, strange I had to look the latter up despite having traveling thru there several times. These two chaps are a little on the skinny side weighing in at 4.6 and 4.7 grams respectively due to the fact they are short some covering. At some point in the process they both showed up to the coin press missing a layer of nickel that typically hides a wonderful layer of copper. Furthermore not only did they show up half dressed, but they both landed heads up prior to receiving their die impressions. So this way both the date and the error are together for your appreciation and more importantly mine. Not to say I do not have examples of particular irregularity in other denominations that is best appreciated by the reverse but those are just place holders, hopefully Franklin did not hear that, until I can find the numbers 1, 9, 6, and 8 on the copper side. Both of my fiends are graded uncirculated though visually the Philadelphia example has a lot of fire left whereas the Denver example has reached a warm red brown, if you’re a train nut it approximates mineral brown. Surprisingly both struck up rather well despite the reduction in volume of metal to work with, though the eagle is much sharper on the piece from the mother mint.

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19 Sep 2022

FREAK SHOW 1968 – XX

| Haney

Today I invite you to gaze upon a curiosity I mentioned while describing my last FREAK. Up until the truncated bust of Washington arrived this member of my cast held the coveted title of being my one and only example of an off center 1968 quarter. Still I think this ODDITY was more a product of a planchet defect than simply a blank not arriving in the coining chamber as its creator had intended. It would seem to me if you could wind the clock back before the die came crashing down on the DEFECTIVE planchet I suspect it would have never been able to fall into the coining chamber. It just seems that the planchet when cut from the edge of strip of coining metal it had enough excess to exceed the diameter of the slot it was intended. Then again I could be all wrong and its IRREGULATIY is just due to how a straight clip allowed the metal to flow without being confined by the coining collar as designed. A possible strong point in support of this latter argument is the fact the piece only weighs 4.7 grams in lieu of the 5.67 grams noted in the redbook for a standard, yes I almost wrote normal but now normal has a negative connotation go figure, copper nickel issue of this year. So doing a quick check on the math based upon the 20% clip noted on its plastic captor the weight should be 4.536 grams, which is not that far off from its actual weight. So I may be wrong about how my little FIEND was created or maybe I am right. Maybe someday someone can run a computer simulation or better yet create a time machine so I may one day know for sure how my possession came to be. That said it is the mystery that makes this oddly shaped menagerie of pieces so delightfully interesting.

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21 Oct 2019

Freak Show 1968 - VIII

Coins | Haney

Well Halloween is closing in with just one full week of October left. As for me I am enjoying one of those fall like days with clear skies and a nice breeze blowing in through the office window while working on my post as my little Chihuahua lazily snores in the blanket in the adjacent room doing his best to stay warm. My freak today is hardly freakish and despite being different from those he was struck with he must have spent some time out in the world doing his best as a member of commerce. With him being found under sized and underweight I doubt he ever enter a coin operated mechanism like the pin ball games that use to be stationed at the vestibule at the local Kmart, also gone from the landscape. I do suspect at least for a time he went from change drawer to coin purse to pocket and back again during his working career unnoticed and unloved. I imagine that when he first was notice it was the lack of having a copper edge that generated the initial excitement. I know I get excited when I see that silver reeding without a copper edge on coins in my pocket change. This exciting event is getting to be a pretty rare these days. My last such find was the change I scooped out of a Coinstar reject bin that had been left behind in a little Northern California town while on vacation. It was a quarter as well, oops sorry about that the wind through the window blew me off course so back to my little friend here.

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