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What Kind of Error Do I Have on This 36 Merc?

Hi,

Seems like there's an unwritten rule around here that forum noobs need to start out by asking a question about an error coin. And who am I to buck a tradition like that? Anyway, just because I found it interesting (and also because it was super cheap) I picked up this 1936 Mercury dime error a while back. I'd appreciate your help in getting the flip labeled correctly.

Here's the tl;dr version of my questions (I'll expand up them below the pics):

1) Is this a tapered planchet? A clip? Both? Neither?
2) Are the three "bites" in the affected area PMD or part of the error?

On the obverse there's a clear bevel from approx 3:00 to 5:00 where the coin thins toward the edge. Which initially had me thinking it's a tapered planchet. But then there's also pretty clear Blakesley effect opposite, and while I know the Blakesley effect accompanies clips, my googling didn't turn up any info on whether it might also accompany a thin, tapered edge that wasn't clipped. So, maybe it's a clip instead?

Of course, I'm a novice at error stuff, so maybe I'm completely off base, and this is something else entirely.

Finally, there are the three notches in the edge. My first impression is that they're as struck rather than being PMD, but their symmetry around the affected area makes me suspicious. What do you all think?

Thanks for looking.

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    ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 8,498 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the forum! :)

    My guess would be a clipped planchet with a little PMD. ;)

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    NickelMikeNickelMike Posts: 190 ✭✭✭

    Post mint damage.

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    bsshog40bsshog40 Posts: 3,777 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The edges on each side doesn't look like a possible clip to me. I'm going with all pmd.

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    ShurkeShurke Posts: 144 ✭✭✭

    @ifthevamzarockin said:
    Welcome to the forum! :)

    Thanks, glad to be here!

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    ShurkeShurke Posts: 144 ✭✭✭

    @MarkKelley said:
    This is a ragged clip with a clear Blakesley effect.

    Good to know. Thanks.

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    oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,634 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I suggest you look up photos of the Blakesley effect. I had to - what I saw was a clear clip with a depressed rim opposite the clip. Looks to me like it was clamped or struck.

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    GoldenEggGoldenEgg Posts: 1,923 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yep - a clear ragged clip. The Blakesley Effect is only one indicator, but it is present on this example.

    It could be damaged, but it looks like it’s just part of the original ragged end clip.

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    ShurkeShurke Posts: 144 ✭✭✭

    Thanks so much, everyone. Really appreciate your input.

    Feels good to get this properly labeled.

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    seanqseanq Posts: 8,575 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Shocked nobody hailed me to this post, but you indeed have a genuine ragged clip error. Thanks for sharing and welcome aboard.

    Sean Reynolds

    Incomplete planchets wanted, especially Lincoln Cents & type coins.

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    dcarrdcarr Posts: 8,004 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Genuine mint error, struck on a ragged-edge straight-clipped planchet.

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    OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,806 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 14, 2023 4:10PM

    Always refreshing to see a real mint error with the naked eye! 👍🏻 👍🏻 Nice pick up!!

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Shurke ... Welcome aboard. Nice find and interesting post. You have the answer above from various members, including the expert @FredWeinberg. Cheers, RickO

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    CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,603 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I know nothing about errors and I was pleasantly surprised that this one is legit.

    Welcome to the nuthouse!

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
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    ShurkeShurke Posts: 144 ✭✭✭

    Thanks again for the warm welcome, everyone.

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    FrazFraz Posts: 1,854 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Shurke said:
    Hi,

    Seems like there's an unwritten rule around here that forum noobs need to start out by asking a question about an error coin. And who am I to buck a tradition like that? Anyway…

    Refreshing.

    @jonathanb said:
    The unwritten rule is that new members need to start out by asking a question about a damaged coin that they claim is an error. You broke that rule by posting a nice real error!

    Now, @Shurke must argue or he screws up the protocol once more.

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    jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,303 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the forum. Great early post. Thank you for sharing.
    Well, I learned something. I thought for sure this was a clip with pmd afterwards. I had never encountered a Ragged End clip to planchet.


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    ShurkeShurke Posts: 144 ✭✭✭

    @Fraz said:

    Now, @Shurke must argue or he screws up the protocol once more.

    Dang. Okay, I want to make sure I get this right.

    ahem

    What do you all mean this is a ragged end clip?! I’m totally 100% sure it’s a spectacular case of PMD!!

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    pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,593 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Shurke said:

    @Fraz said:

    Now, @Shurke must argue or he screws up the protocol once more.

    Dang. Okay, I want to make sure I get this right.

    ahem

    What do you all mean this is a ragged end clip?! I’m totally 100% sure it’s a spectacular case of PMD!!

    >

    And a sense of humor ... keeper!!

    Nice coin, welcome aboard! @Shurke


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