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Leap Years: Rare Overdates Among United States Coins

The 1942/1 Mercury Dime is one of the most famous of the 20th-century overdates, though there are many other fascinating overdates that literally “leap” a year or even more. Although the majority of U.S. overdates are sequentially dated, there are a number of curious issues with a date that skips or “leaps” a year or two (or even three!), a few of which rank among the greatest rarities of United States coinage.

Full article: https://www.pcgs.com/news/leap-years

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    CRHer700CRHer700 Posts: 650 ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 29, 2024 9:45AM

    The 1820 STATESOFAMERICA dime reverse skipped six years after being used in 1814.> @Manifest_Destiny said:

    Capped bust half that leaped 4 years. I think that's the record. Nice article by the way!

    Cheers, and God Bless, CRHer700 :mrgreen:

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    BustDMsBustDMs Posts: 1,574 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't have an image close by but I'm sure one of my bust half friends can help.

    There is an 1836/1336 half dollar. :o

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    IkesTIkesT Posts: 2,594 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @PCGS_SocialMedia said:

    The 1942/1 Mercury Dime is one of the most famous of the 20th-century overdates, though there are many other fascinating overdates that literally “leap” a year or even more. Although the majority of U.S. overdates are sequentially dated, there are a number of curious issues with a date that skips or “leaps” a year or two (or even three!), a few of which rank among the greatest rarities of United States coinage.

    Full article: https://www.pcgs.com/news/leap-years

    Since the article is about overdates with non-sequential dates, why use an image of a 1942/1 Mercury dime (which was not even made in the same way)? Twentieth century overdates such as the 1942/1 dime are Class III doubled dies, while 18th and early 19th century overdates were overpunched by hand.

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    OmegaraptorOmegaraptor Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Manifest_Destiny said:
    Capped bust half that leaped 4 years. I think that's the record. Nice article by the way!

    I saw one of these unattributed on Ebay a few days ago... I saw it like 8 minutes after it was listed and it was already sold. Dammit! Hopefully someone here got it!

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    johnny010johnny010 Posts: 1,090 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great thread.

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    yosclimberyosclimber Posts: 4,599 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 29, 2024 3:39PM

    Could be a rare chance to promote my 2021 thread which looks at auction price records for 46 different overdates:
    https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/1068606/overdate-auction-price-records-46-over-100-000

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    JW77JW77 Posts: 460 ✭✭✭✭✭

    $5 LIb 1901/00

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    Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,675 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yup, humans make errors, both unintentional and otherwise. Great info.

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    rnkmyer1rnkmyer1 Posts: 525 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1888/7 IHC Unc Details:




    Coolishness - 1888 was also a leap year.

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    rnkmyer1rnkmyer1 Posts: 525 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1888/7 AU58:



    Important coin in the IHC series & one of the top straight graded examples known. Note both stickers.

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    124Spider124Spider Posts: 848 ✭✭✭✭✭




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    OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,829 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think it's a 3/2, not sure.

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    124Spider124Spider Posts: 848 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @OAKSTAR said:
    I think it's a 3/2, not sure.

    Looks just like mine; I agree with your diagnosis.

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    OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,829 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 29, 2024 8:30PM

    Thanks 124Spider 👍 I just wish it was a higher grade like yours.

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    124Spider124Spider Posts: 848 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @OAKSTAR said:
    Thanks 124Spider 👍 I just wish it was a higher grade like yours.

    I wish I had that quarter you posted! :)

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    OwnerofawheatiehordeOwnerofawheatiehorde Posts: 1,521 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 29, 2024 9:35PM

    Oh well, I only have a RPD so that will have to do. Close enough. ;)

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    124Spider124Spider Posts: 848 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @OAKSTAR said:

    @124Spider said:

    @OAKSTAR said:
    Thanks 124Spider 👍 I just wish it was a higher grade like yours.

    I wish I had that quarter you posted! :)

    I do know it's a counterfeit or not genuine, right?

    Thought the date looked a little strange! :)

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    erwindocerwindoc Posts: 4,927 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Are the 1914/13 buffalo varieties still recognized by PCGS?

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    PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,439 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @erwindoc said:
    Are the 1914/13 buffalo varieties still recognized by PCGS?

    PCGS Coin Facts lists it as a distinct variety with PCGS #93924

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    BarberianBarberian Posts: 3,053 ✭✭✭✭✭

    3 rim nicks away from Good
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    RobertScotLoverRobertScotLover Posts: 614 ✭✭✭✭

    wonderful examples of true overdates

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