1909-S VDB

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  1. Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley Active Member

    This is the second 1909 VDB I've found that looks like it has a weakly struck S in one of the 4 locations the correct Mint Mark is struck. Thoughts?

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  4. Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley Active Member

    Not really a helpful response...
  5. BlackberryPie

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    You can't make things appear that just aren't there.
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    JCKTJK Supporter! Supporter

    Sorry but no, the eyes will play tricks especially when your mind is wishful! :happy:
  7. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Pareidolia - look up the word as that is what is happening on these coins for you.
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  8. Malleus Maleficarum

    Malleus Maleficarum Well-Known Member

    Since you did take some pretty good pictures, you can clearly see there is no S. Sorry, there isn't an S hiding on that coin.
  9. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    No S, sorry.... and yes many of us have had this sensation , but it is pareidolia as mentioned. Jim
  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & passionate numismatist Moderator

    Sorry, you're imagining things. It's a phantom. I concur with the pareidolia diagnosis.
  11. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Not an s
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  12. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    Keep looking. A coin that well struck wouldn't have a phantom mint mark.

  13. ZoidMeister

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    It's truthful. What more could you ask?

  14. Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley Active Member

    What it is im looking at. Is it some sort of mark from the planchet that causes a spot of the coin to be raised and my mind tries to make it into an S? I thought the point of coin forums was for more experienced people to share knowledge and help others out, not just constantly patronize people
  15. Penny Luster

    Penny Luster Supporter! Supporter

    I can't see an s or a shadow of an s...and I tried!
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  16. brokrken

    brokrken Active Member

    The only picture where I can maybe if I try really hard see an S is picture #5. Still think it's just my mind wanting to see it.
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  18. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Wishful thinking perhaps but I too see a very faint phantom S on at least two of the photos. Good luck trying to prove it to others. Be safe
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  19. Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley Active Member

    Just glad I'm not the only one lol
  20. Thanks for the interesting post, I learned a new vocabulary word today, pareidolia. Now I can finally stop playing those old Beatles' records backwards.
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  21. KBBPLL

    KBBPLL Active Member

    Aside from what others said, "weakly struck S" is not possible. The S could be polished off the die, or filled with grease, but just that one tiny spot on the coin can't be "weakly struck" when the rest of the coin isn't.
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