Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by CeciliaS81, Feb 17, 2019.
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No offense intended, Cecelia, but when you have gained more experience and learn more about the minting process, you won't give coins like this a second glance... PMD!
I suggest you do three things
1) Get yourself a Redbook of US coins
2) Learn the minting process. You can start by visiting usmint.gov and then do your own searches and research from there.
3) Do some searches and research old threads to see if you can come up with an answer on your own. Then you can post your coin with an explanation of what you think it is so others can validate.
Once you have a solid understanding of how coins are minted, you will quickly be able to dismiss damaged coins like the ones you are posting and focus on whatever it is that you want to collect.
Welcome and best of luck.
I understand your desired approach, but you're never, ever going to figure things out until you first start out by learning what "right looks like". There are millions of damaged coins out there and you'd have to show us every single type on all different coins before we could finally educate you on the different methods of post mint damage (PMD). It would be much easier to teach you about the minting process and errors and then you can rule it out of the minting process. Much less to learn this way. Here's a great start; I recommend reading them in order:
Also, the most common errors we look for are doubling, struck through, die chips and cracks, and delamination. I recommend after reading those links, you read these; they all have great photos and explanations:
Mint errors are limited in a very short process with defined steps by either human intervention or machine problems.
Everything else is damage, which is beyond the scope of comprehension.
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