Possible Error Mercury Dime

FantasianFantasian Posts: 11
edited December 20, 2018 11:40AM in U.S. Coin Forum

When I was looking through my collection I found a 1924 mercury dime with a strange marking. Under the "E Pluribus Unum" there is a faint 2. I can't get a good picture since I can only see it when reflected at certain angles. If any of you know what it is, if it's rare or common, please let me know.

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  • Insider2Insider2 Posts: 11,580 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If you look closely at just about any group of coins you will eventually find every numeral and every letter of the alphabet. That's probably what you have. You ARE seeing a "2." The chances that it is mint made are slim to none.

  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 6,955 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Fantasian Welcome to the PCGS forum!

    Some say pictures are worth a thousand words. Take the picture at the angle you see it and post it.

  • Thank you! I will try to get some pictures, but i'm not sure if my camera will be able to get it.

  • FredWeinbergFredWeinberg Posts: 4,449 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It's pareidolia

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  • I would agree with that, because that's what I thought at first too, but when I asked my family members if they saw something, they said they saw a "2" as well. I did not specify what they were looking for, instead they saw it on their own.

  • Here is the pic with the "2" the
    camera i have does not do the coin justice, it is really hard to see with this low of resolution.

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 5,841 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Even with the red outline, I'm not seeing a '2'.
    Have you done any research online?
    Keep us posted. :smile:
    Thanks for sharing it here.

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  • Insider2Insider2 Posts: 11,580 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I see a "2" or an "S." Did you read my post above. Also look up "pareidolia." Now, see if you can find the "O" I can also see on your coin.

  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 6,955 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ..What is somewhat a little more interesting is what appears to be a dot at the bottom of the axe blade. It caught my attention first. Just a curiosity.

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  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 6,955 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just a curious... what is that dot (bottom of axe blade).

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  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 6,955 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 20, 2018 1:27PM

    Just curious... what is that dot (bottom of axeblade).

    Edit. Smash the staples.

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  • Insider2Insider2 Posts: 11,580 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Hemispherical said:
    Just a curious... what is that dot (bottom of axeblade).

    Staples.

    Have fun and enjoy the hobby.

    It is either a hit on the coin or some debris.

  • Insider2Insider2 Posts: 11,580 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Hemispherical said:
    Just a curious... what is that dot (bottom of axe blade).

    Staples.

    Have fun and enjoy the hobby.

    It is either a hit on the coin or some debris.

  • FredWeinbergFredWeinberg Posts: 4,449 ✭✭✭✭✭

    with a coin worn that much, I'm
    kinda surprised there's not more
    'stuff' on it.

    Not an error, Not a '2', not anything
    that was made at the US Mint.

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  • Thank you all for the comments! It really helped me out. I'm going to take it to one of the reputable coin dealers around here to see if its even silver. As for the dot, it's just some debris.

  • Insider2Insider2 Posts: 11,580 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It is a 90% silver dime.

  • LindeDadLindeDad Posts: 18,666 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That dime is worth somewhere between 2 and 3 dollars.
    Most of the value is in the silver content.

  • DDODDO Posts: 44 ✭✭

    It's a good possibility.


  • I know this discussion is probably dead now... but just in case.

  • KeithMS70KeithMS70 Posts: 193 ✭✭✭

    I see a 2

  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 6,955 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 16, 2019 2:18AM

    Possibly see a small hit with a whiter circular discoloration around the hit on the field. PMD, not a Mint error.

    Specs: 90% silver, 10% copper, 2.5 grams

  • yosclimberyosclimber Posts: 2,530 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 16, 2019 4:58AM

    Yes, it resembles a 2.
    Basically it is a coincidence that the the wear on the coin has yielded a shape like that.

    If you saw this as a bold outline on an uncirculated coin, then the evidence would be strong that it happened at the mint.
    (There would still be some theory needed on how a small 2 got onto the die; usually such "misplaced date digits"
    are the same size as on the coin or series.).
    And the date was on the hub in 1924, so it's unlikely that a 2 punch was around.

    You are also looking at a coin that has been around for 95 years, studied by collectors for many of those decades,
    and if there was a stray 2 on a die, several examples would have likely turned up by now.
    So, while it is not technically impossible, this increases the threshold for proof.

  • TreashuntTreashunt Posts: 4,555 ✭✭✭✭✭

    take 2 aspirin and call us in the morning

    Frank

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  • rickoricko Posts: 67,868 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I can clearly see the aberration that looks like a 2 in your second picture. Good picture by the way... However, that is post mint damage and the shape is coincidental. Cheers, RickO

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