1971 Jefferson nickel, what is this error?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Andy Stalvey, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. Andy Stalvey

    Andy Stalvey New Member

    I need help identifying this 1971 Jefferson nickel i found in my pocket change years ago. Is it a die break, and if so what type of break. Or is it a different type of error. Thanks for the help.

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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Looks like a nice very large lamination error
     
  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Lamination. De-laminated after the Nickel was struck.

    It is a Planchet Error not a Die Error.
    A Die Break which is a Die issue would be raised and it would of formed a Cud.

    I like it. Thanks for sharing!
     
  5. Andy Stalvey

    Andy Stalvey New Member

    Look at the first picture, "In God We Trust" is stamped on the lower indented portion of the coin. If it would have delmaninated would the motto still be stamped there? Just wondering
     
  6. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    I'm leaning towards it being a strike-through.
     
  7. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Supporter! Supporter

    To your question, yes.
     
  8. JoshuaP

    JoshuaP New Member

    Aww! How nice. An error actually worth posting! Thanks for sharing it!
     
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  9. BJBII

    BJBII Metrologist

    Nice coin!
     
  10. Jersey magic man

    Jersey magic man Supporter! Supporter

    Very impressive delamination.
     
  11. Cliff Reuter

    Cliff Reuter New Member

    Nice error. That's a pretty large area that's missing.
    Just curious, what is the weight?
     
  12. Andy Stalvey

    Andy Stalvey New Member

    It weighs 4.9 grams on my cheapo harbor freight scale.
     
  13. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Welcome to CT Andy. That is one nice nickel. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  14. 2manyhobbies

    2manyhobbies Well-Known Member

    Beautiful planchet flaw!
     
  15. Searcher64

    Searcher64 Member

    I think the die fractured and fell away. I do not think it was a lamination defect to the Planchard. That's because it looks like a full unit/section of the die fell away. The other part of the planchard appears as fully struck. That's my two cents. I wish I knew someone at the mint that could explain more. I do know someone at The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in Washington, DC. I meet a long time ago.
     
  16. Silverpop

    Silverpop Active Member

    very nice error coin
     
  17. Tankkiller275

    Tankkiller275 Active Member

    I would think if a portion of the die fell away the area would be raised, such as a cud. The fact a portion of the coin itself is gone I would think lamination or some other defect in the planchet.

    ~Rob
     
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  18. Mike Davis

    Mike Davis Supporter! Supporter

    I'm not a student of die errors, but with the motto partially present,that would have to be showing how the metal flowed up into the die. Very unique find.
     
  19. Searcher64

    Searcher64 Member

    If the edge could have been pictured, then maybe a better suggestion of the cause may have been easier made.
     
  20. Cliff Reuter

    Cliff Reuter New Member

    Thanks for the weight. Slightly underweight as normal is 5.0 grams. For me, that and the other things mentioned, confirms the lamination attribution by others.
    As others have said the device details being visible in the area is normal for a displaced lamination. The fourth image seems to show the layered effect of the lamination. It looks like there were 4 layers involved with this lamination along the edge, where the lamination meets the field. First I've seen where you can determine that there was more than one layer.
     
  21. Andy Stalvey

    Andy Stalvey New Member

    I'd like to thank everyone for their help. Y'all have definitely taught me a few things about lamination errors. Thanks again super smart people.
     
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