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Error or PMD?

JeffMTampaJeffMTampa Posts: 3,237 ✭✭✭✭✭

Often times I run a coin with an oddity that's difficult to explain. Here's one that has me stumped- a 1908 D Barber Quarter graded AU 58 by PCGS:

What's caused this pierced eyebrow effect? Is it a planchet error? A struck-thru error? Or post mint damage? I'm guessing the graders noticed it and would have bagged the coin if it were PMD- but possibly not?

Any guesses?

I love them Barber Halves.....


  • silverpopsilverpop Posts: 6,559 ✭✭✭✭✭

    IMHO PMD some older coins have dings and such from being used as everyday money

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  • ctf_error_coinsctf_error_coins Posts: 15,248 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • tincuptincup Posts: 4,665 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Does look like post mint damage since several show upraised metal around the edges. But no idea of how it occurred. Nice photos.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would call that PMD.... Until someone can convince me otherwise. Cheers, RickO

  • JeffMTampaJeffMTampa Posts: 3,237 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Here are a couple more shots of the same coin:

    As can be seen in the extreme macro shot the surfaces of the depressed areas match the surfaces of the adjacent struck motif. If you've looked at a coin under a lot of magnification you'll know the struck surface on a coin isn't perfectly smooth; it has tiny bumps and ridges. It looks to me as tough the same bumps occur on the motif and the depressions.

    I don't think the depressions are PMD; I believe they were struck into the coin.

    I love them Barber Halves.....
  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 7,996 ✭✭✭✭✭


    The areas in red seem to be raised. ;)

  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would call it PMD.

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