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1887 Indian Head Penny error

I have an 1887 Indian Head cent that has an error - it appears a coin was stuck on the die and it was struck into this coin. I'm trying to see if this error adds any value to the coin or if it diminishes the value. Would anyone be able to help? Pictures below. Thanks!


  • GreenstangGreenstang Posts: 715 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 14, 2024 10:07AM

    Welcome to the forum

    That is not an error, it is damage. Someone has squeezed another coin into this one
    giving it that effect. They are known as vise jobs.

  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 8,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the forum! :)

    Sorry that is post mint damage. (PMD) :/

  • NumisOxideNumisOxide Posts: 10,980 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Vise job. Damage

  • Thanks for letting me know :)

  • yosclimberyosclimber Posts: 4,543 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 14, 2024 1:11PM

    One way to tell it was not done in the original die is because of the
    flat area on the reverse opposite of the obverse impression.
    If the coin had been in the die, the force would have been spread over the entire coin,
    not on just the high points opposite of the impression.

    Thank you for providing good photos of both sides of the coin.

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