1968 S Penny

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Nicole Hampton, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. Not sure if doubled or if S mint mark is over a D mint mark

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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    Or a simple Die Chip on the S Mint Mark
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  4. Dave363

    Dave363 Well-Known Member

    As @paddyman98 stated could be a Die Chip it's a little hard for me with those pics his eyes are better. Lol
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  5. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Can't tell with those blurry pictures.
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  6. Newbie69

    Newbie69 Doesn't make cents!

    Better pics would help but I've seen a lot of 68 69 with die chips on mm as @paddyman98 stated.
  7. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    Clear, in-focus pics needed...Spark
  8. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    I don't see any underlying D at all, and maybe a wear spot in the center of the S...Spark
  9. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    Still, the coin has a lot of its original luster, showing very little wear, would be classified a RB (red brown) and would be a keeper imo...not bad for a 50 yo cent...Spark
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  10. Thanks for replying
  11. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    You're welcome.

    One last bit of info: think of how the S would have ended up on top of the D. At the SF Mint, a working die would have been produced with a Denver mint mark, forcing them to repunch that die with an S. How did that die get to San Francisco in the first place? Did they run out of dies to use and Denver shipped some to them? Or, did a SF Mint worker just happen to have a Denver mint mark punch laying around and he grabbed it by mistake? There are other scenarios how it could have happened.

    Your coin doesn't exhibit any doubling or repunching, imo, but thinking about the minting process helps you analyze what you see on what you find. I am by no means, way, shape or form a die expert, but the section @ doubleddie.com on "How dies are made" was very illuminating. Hope this helped.

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  12. I love learning about error coins. Any knowledge passed on is helpful.
  13. Newbie69

    Newbie69 Doesn't make cents!

    It's my understanding that all the dies we're punched with their MM in Philly and then shipped out to their respective mints? Could be wrong here but that's my understanding!
  14. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    Did not know that. I thought each mint produced their own dies for production, although I fully admit not being cognizant of the complete die creation process and how they are used by each mint.

    But if true, then it follows that a mint worker in Philadelphia would have made the mistake, for whatever reason, and the faulty die, being a working die probably, was shipped to San Francisco.

    Again, all conjecture. But interesting to find out one way or another...I'll see what I can find out, or maybe another forum member already knows the answer. Research commencing now...Spark
  15. Newbie69

    Newbie69 Doesn't make cents!

    @Spark1951 I'm pretty sure I've read this in forum but please let me know if I'm right or wrong here! This also would have been a working hub sent out to the respective mint to make the working die!
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