1983 proof set. Is this a plating error?

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  1. Zach1983

    Zach1983 Active Member

    Is this an error or die deterioration? 20190914_234548.jpg 20190914_234647.jpg
     

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  3. MontCollector

    MontCollector Well-Known Member

    This is not an error. PMD. What your are seeing is the plating has split above the letters exposing the zinc below. This is very common in business strikes. Don't seen it on proofs very often.
     
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  4. Zach1983

    Zach1983 Active Member

    I had a feeling it wasn't an error. Thanks
     
  5. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    I would not call this PMD. And most likely came from the mint in its present condition which would make it a mint error coin. But this kind of imperfection on a proof coin makes it a less desirable coin and reduces its value for what it is supposed to be. (a near perfect coin) Which in turn detracts from the value of the whole set of proof coins.
    1983 was the first year for full production of copper plated zinc cents and the mint obviously had problems with these.
     
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  6. Zach1983

    Zach1983 Active Member

    My brother just got it from a local coin shop in a bin or something he had out there for 5$. No telling where its been before that bin
     
  7. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    I agree...I think you would call it a strike error...the plating was too thin for the pressure of the strike...Spark
     
  8. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Haven't I seen this called Split Plate Doubling somewhere...
     
  9. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    Yes...there was a recent post that called it that, a few months ago, maybe?...I suppose because the zinc showing imitates doubling..I think @paddyman98 might have used the term...Spark
     
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  11. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    @Kentucky ...read post #8 again...I was adding some info while you responded...Spark
     
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  13. MontCollector

    MontCollector Well-Known Member

    Wow thanks all. Learned something new today!
     
  14. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    You do in 1983. they had problems with it so later years are struck on planchets with a double thickness copper plating so you don't see it near as often in the later years.
     
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