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27 Mar 2022

Pocket Change Errors Number Four (and an addition to the family!)

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Coin number one is an off center nickel. As weird as it seems, off center coins are not as rare as one might think, and minor examples like this one can be found with a little bit of searching. An off center error occurs when a planchet (the circular blank piece of metal that is struck into a coin) is not properly centered in the collar, and the coin is stuck with the dies slightly off the exact spot the planchet is located. Many "off centers" are actually coins that have mildly been struck off center. There are many of these on Ebay, and they have no collector value at all. The rule of thumb when it comes to off centers is that part of the design HAS to be missing for it to have value to a collector. The 1975-D nickel I have pictured is a true off center because it is missing the top of "LIBERTY" and the date, "1975".


The second coin I have is a Proof Style Reverse 1970-D Dime. These are surprisingly very common in Dime rolls, and I have a handful of examples. The Fivaz-Stanton number for this variety is FS-901. The Proof Style Reverse can be identified by the deep, three cut lines of the flame in the torch. I wish I had a regular example on hand to show the difference, but I don't. This error can be found on both 1970, and 1970-D Roosevelt Dimes. Sorry for the blurry picture, but I wanted to show the book as it points out the PUPs for this variety.


The new addition I was talking about you can see in the pictures. My family recently adopted an albino axolotl that was rescued from an abandoned pet shop. He’s so cute, and I hope you enjoy him as much as you live my brother’s pictures of Cheerio.

Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 5

Too funny. Nice errors.

Long Beard

Level 5

As a lifelong collector of the dime, my favorite denomination, you educated me. I had no idea of a proof die reverse used in 1970. I do, however, know that those same three flames are what's required for a full torch designation. Thanks for the blog young master!

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Nice errors. That little axolotl is adorable!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Hah! I thought it was a baby albino alligator! Leapin' Lizards!!! LOL I'll bet Cheerio is very curious about this guy!

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Haha!

Kepi

Level 6

Great coins! Congrats on the new addition! He's a cutie! ; )

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Thanks!

AC coin$

Level 6

Great catch .

Jackson14

Level 4

Cool coins and really cool salamander :D

Longstrider

Level 6

An abandoned pet shop. Boy oh boy. Where can I find one. That is a cool salamander. I am a HUGE reptile guy. Amphibians too. Oh yeah, great coins. Thanks. Don't let Cheerios get him.

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Yeah, the cat haven’t really noticed him because he’s elevated, but I will keep him safe.

Mike

Level 7

Great addition!! Nice little guy. The coins are sharp also. You sir have good eyes!! What dies he eat??

thatcoinguy

Level 5

Mostly earthworms.

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