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1976 Bicentennial Half Dollar Double Clip, Man Made or Mint Error?

arby96arby96 Posts: 228 ✭✭✭

I started CRH half dollars back in 2013, for over 8 years and I came across this half dollar that appeas to be a double clip. I haven's seen a hole lot of these clipped coins to tell for sure if someone outside the mint did this or it happened at the Mint. I don't see any blaksley effect on this coin, which doesn't mean its not a true error. I also don't think a clip top to bottom clip can happen during process. Also the edges of the coin at the clip a very rough, I believe they should be much smoother? I believe this is fake, what do you all think.


  • jedmjedm Posts: 2,864 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've also done the CRH for about a dozen years back in the early '00s and never found a clipped Kennedy. The absence of the Blakesly effect would be due to the opposite side of the coin being clipped as well; however, I'm inclined to believe that this example is PMD due to your excellent pics of the marks on the "clips".

  • morgandollar1878morgandollar1878 Posts: 3,980 ✭✭✭✭✭


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  • WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,117 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I will say Post Mint Damage.
    As you said, the clipped edges are too raggedy.

    Kennedys are my quest...

  • FredWeinbergFredWeinberg Posts: 5,670 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Definitely man-made

    Retired Collector & Dealer in Major Mint Error Coins & Currency since the 1960's.Co-Author of Whitman's "100 Greatest U.S. Mint Error Coins", and the Error Coin Encyclopedia, Vols., III & IV. Retired Authenticator for Major Mint Errors
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  • ctf_error_coinsctf_error_coins Posts: 15,248 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No metal flow on the letters near the fake clips so they are fake clips.

  • OldhoopsterOldhoopster Posts: 2,930 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Error Ref Has a good section on the characteristics of clips (incomplete planchets) including the "punch and tear" edge appearance. There is also an embedded link which gives more detail.


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