1978 no mint dime

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Phillthy, May 14, 2018.

  1. Phillthy

    Phillthy New Member

    Hi everybody this is my first time on CT so first post. So I work as a cashier at a local liquor store and as I was counting out my drawer I stumbled upon this dime, now usually I just brush it off my shoulder and add it to the take but this one dime had a very different look and feel to it. For starters the date looks funny to me and in between the head and the words "liberty" it feels indented. Now on the back everything looks like it pops. I talked to a customer about it and he said something about two bands on the torch but I have no clue what that even means.. If some one could give me clarity I would be grateful. But if it turns out to be nothing I think I will still keep it as it is nice to me and maybe starting me on a new hobby

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  3. Dave363

    Dave363 Supporter! Supporter

    Welcome to Cointalk
    Your coin is what we refer to as a MAD ( misaligned die) no real extra value, but if you like it keep it that's what this hobby is all about.
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  4. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer ad astera per aspera

    I keep some here and there
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  5. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    The color on your coin is due to environmental damage after it left the mint. Real errors are difficult to find but the more you look, the better your chances of finding one.
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  6. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    The no MM is from Philadelphia mint. It wasn't until 82 that a P was put on the coin.
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  7. Rick Stachowski

    Rick Stachowski Well-Known Member

    Your coin has a collar clash .
    Which also caused a MAD .
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  8. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    You made a typo. I think you meant to say the first P mm went on nickels through halves in 1980 :)
  9. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    You are correct. I must have been thinking of the no P dime.
  10. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    Welcome to CT @Phillthy!

    Nice specimen for a 40 yr old circulated coin! Consider this your spark & keep on the lookout......:)
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  11. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    Deleted the other thread. Please only one thread on the same question, it is confusing to posters. Thanks Jim
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  12. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    The first P mintmark was on the 1979 Susan B Anthony.
    1980 for the nickel, dime, quarter, and half.
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  13. JPeace$

    JPeace$ Coinaholic

    I'm not a modern collector, but your dime has nice eye appeal for one that is heavily circulated. I'd find an airtite and keep it. I have no idea of it's value, but if you like it, than by all means, keep it.
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  14. Phillthy

    Phillthy New Member

    Thank you guys for the warm welcome and all your help, even though the coin I have is nothing special I think it opened a door for me. So if you guys have any tips or reference of what to look for id really appreciate it. Phill
  15. Phillthy

    Phillthy New Member

    Oh and I dont know if this matters but the coin also feels a lot thinner than other dimes of the the decade
  16. JPeace$

    JPeace$ Coinaholic

    @Phillthy, if you could explain how you want to collect, you'll get some good ideas on how to proceed.

    For example, if you want to collect from loose change, than I recommend the Cherrypicker's Guide. It will cost you around $10-$15.
  17. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    Welcome to CoinTalk! My first recommendation is to buy the latest edition of the "Red" Book by Yeoman. It has some of the best information for an introduction to this hobby of ours. Among fascinating historical facts and stories, it has basic grading charts to help you get in the right ballpark trying to find out the condition of various coins and the mintages of the coins.

    #2. Read the posts here at CT as often as you can. At this forum resides a multitude of expert numismatists who will help you if you have an open mind, don't feel like you know it all and are willing to learn. Although I have a lot of experience and expertise in some areas, many of my forum compatriots have been collecting for 50 and 60 years or more and have more knowledge than I do. I've only been collecting and preserving beautiful coins for 56 years.

    #3. Start small, choose a denomination you have an affinity for and don't overwhelm yourself. You won't learn everything overnight and there is a lot to learn.

    Once again, welcome to CoinTalk...Spark
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