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15 Jan 2022

Oddities - Sliced Three

Coins | Stan McDonald - author

The three on this Lincoln Cent appear to be sliced off. The die has been damaged, and coins minted with the damaged die appear to have a sliced three.

14 Jan 2022

Oddities - Bow Tie

Coins | Stan McDonald - author

The Lincoln cent in the photo appears as if there is an extra part to the bow tie. It is an odd die crack that makes the bow tie look extended.

13 Jan 2022

Oddities - Metal imbedded into the surface

| Stan McDonald - author

The black material is embedded across the surface of this coin. The issue occurred in the minting process since the silver-raised lumps on both sides of the coin are embedded. It could be a feeder finger that shattered in the minting chamber. If this was manmade the coin would be damaged.

12 Jan 2022

Oddities – States versus States

Coins | Stan McDonald - author

A comparison of the lettering on both coins shown in the photos reveals that the coin on the bottom was struck close to the rim, causing the letters to be distorted. Note the "S" on both samples are distinctly different.

11 Jan 2022

Oddities – Black Raised Line

| Stan McDonald - author

A raised black line stems from the edge of the coin into the portrait. Something entered the minting chamber and was stamped into the coin. An oddity.

10 Jan 2022

Oddities - Raised area around the rim

| Stan McDonald - author

An odd break on the rim resulted in a raised line of material higher than the portrait. Usually, there is a groove with a deep impression around the rims.

09 Jan 2022

Oddities - Die Damage or Modified

| Stan McDonald - author

Usually, if someone damages the surface of a coin, it is obviously scratched. The damage on the surface of this coin could have been artificial, and it is hard to confirm. The groves on the coin are somewhat mysterious because inside the grooves are thin, raised scattered lines that may result from debris falling into the die, damaging the die, and then transferring the impressions to subsequent coins.

08 Jan 2022

Oddities - Unusual Raised Line Pattern

| Stan McDonald - author

Raised lines on the surface of a coin are sometimes caused by debris that enters the minting chamber and damages the die. The first coin struck with the debris will have an impression on the coin minted, and subsequent coins will have raised areas outlining the debris.

06 Jan 2022

Missing Letters and Numbers

| Stan McDonald - author

My research on missing letters and numbers resulted in most professional collectors stating that these coins provide no additional value. The proof is in the sales, so I decided to test the market at coin shows. There are a lot of collectors who like collecting these coins, and every time I dump these coins into a bowl, they sell out fast, proving there is value to these errors. Value: $5-$10Letters and numbers are missing on coins because a die cavity is filled with particles blocking the die from making an impression (first photo). In addition, the die can become heavily abraded - this case is evident when there are a lot of thin raised lines where the number or letter should be. In most cases, the last number on a coin is missing (second photo).

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