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Question on non-design letters/numbers sometimes appearing on coins in the field or devices,

I have seen many graded coins that have letters/numbers/characters in unexpected locations on a coin that are not part of the design nor the devices. What do the graders say? I see scores of graded MS/PF coins with 'extra features' and oft times wonder about their origin.How do they get there and why? Thanks in advance, J

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  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 3,521 ✭✭✭✭✭


    The tendency for incorrect perception of a stimulus as an object, pattern or meaning known to the observer, such as seeing shapes in clouds, seeing faces in inanimate objects or abstract patterns, or hearing hidden messages in music.

  • joemorisjoemoris Posts: 87 ✭✭
    edited December 10, 2020 8:18AM

    So is that the official PCGS position then?

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  • OldhoopsterOldhoopster Posts: 1,465 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The mint does not randomly add extra letters or numbers to the coins. They are just stray marks that may appear to look like numbers to you. I would expect PCGS to treat them as they would any mark on the surface of a coin and grade it accordingly

    Member of the ANA since 1982
  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,528 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What they said.

    If you understand the minting process the incuse features on a coin would be caused by a raised feature on the die's surface. There can be no random features like that on a die.

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 4,710 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Maybe a seance would help. Honey, where's my crazy 8 ball? Peace Roy

  • sellitstoresellitstore Posts: 1,429 ✭✭✭✭✭

    All I'm seeing are spots and contact marks. Am I imagination challenged?

    Collector and dealer in obsolete currency. Always buying all obsolete bank notes and scrip.
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