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CRH find need help on the reverse of the JFK Half Dollar

JWPJWP Posts: 14,678 ✭✭✭✭✭

I Opened a box of half dollars to find this ender staring at me. I finally decided to open the roll and see what it was. It was a 1997 D JFK half dollar with what looks like the imprint of a planchet ribbon that left over from punching out nickel planchets. I can't explain the reverse, but maybe someone else can. I can only think that the left over Nickel ribbon made its way into a a water bath and the Half dollar ended up resting on it ,but how did the coin and the ribbon happen to nest together. How can nickel ribbon and a half dollar meet like this in the minting process? Thanks for any idea that someone might have.

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  • MarkKelleyMarkKelley Posts: 1,676 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks to me like it just had other coins lying on it when whatever it was was deposited on it.

  • air4mdcair4mdc Posts: 793 ✭✭✭✭

    Material buildup from an overspray……defined and feathered edges. Paint?? Industrial protectant of some sort.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I agree with the overspray concept.. while other coins were on top of the half dollar. Cheers, RickO

  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,260 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The coin appears well used, probably in a casino. I am going to WAG and say that it got lost inside some sort of machine, perhaps a coin counter because of the mixed denominations, and the foul, nicotine-polluted atmosphere found in many a casino coated the uncovered areas with nicotine.

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