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This is not a clip -- educational post

jonathanbjonathanb Posts: 3,430 ✭✭✭✭✭
This was in a group of errors I bought, in a holder labeled "1965 Clipped Planchet (ragged) K11". It's certainly ragged, but this ain't a clip.

When looking at a clip for authenticity, one thing to keep in mind is that damage happens. It's possible for a coin to be damaged and clipped, but that shouldn't be your first guess.

On this dime, there is quite a bit of obvious damage: pock marks around Roosevelt's mouth and at the rim above his head on the obverse, on the left plant and a big one at the T of UNITED on the reverse. The rim is flattened above the IB in LIBERTY, and then again below the date on the obverse, and above OF AMERICA on the revese. The weakness below the date and above OF AMERICA can't be a Blakesley effect, because it isn't opposite the clip -- draw a line from the center of the clip through the center of the coin to see from yourself.

Also, although it's a little difficult to see in the picture, the entire face of the coin bends down into the clip around the TY in LIBERTY. You can see a hilight where the bent area catches the light. It is expected to have some metal flow at the edge of a clip, but that will not be to the extend of physically bending the coin.

True errors that happen during the minting process will have somewhat smoothed or rounded edges as a result of metal movement during the strike. Anything with sharp edges, scraps, gouges, digs, etc, is good evidence of post-minting mauling.

In all, this is a damaged coin, and not a mint error.



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    DUIGUYDUIGUY Posts: 7,252 ✭✭✭
    Looks like someone took a bite out of crime , er ah dime that is !! image
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    jayboxxjayboxx Posts: 1,613 ✭✭
    Take a bite out of dime...sorry, first thing I thought of when I saw it. image
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    relayerrelayer Posts: 10,570

    McGruff the Crime Dog - Maybe he took a bite of dime image
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    ShamikaShamika Posts: 18,760 ✭✭✭✭

    I hope you did better with the other errors in the group.

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    davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,860 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So the area near the date was squished with something like a vice? An intentionally made error to turn the 10 cent coin into a ? $10 ? coin ?

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