2019-P Guam - Die Chips/Break and Strike Throughs

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by TyCobb, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. TyCobb

    TyCobb A product of PMD

    Figured I'd post this before I went to sleep for the night as I just finished a Mint bag. Looks like I caught a die that was starting to break down as I have quite a few of coins 1 and 3.

    Coin 1:
    The obverse has three small die chips at the bottom of Washington and a small die break from the 2nd chip starting to lead to the first. The reverse also has strike through on the soldiers on the now wounded soldier's hand.
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    Coin 2:
    This mimics the shape of standard gouges, but it is larger and smooth. Picture doesn't really tell the tale, but through a loop it looks like a metal shaving was struck as it appears to have a spiral motion giving ol' Washington a nice piercing.
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    Coin 3:
    This is the worst of the die chips and break and appears to be progressing. The black box is to just hide a piece of lint that I didn't want people to assume another die chip since the lighting made it look just like it.
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  3. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    On Coin #1, the base of Washington's neck is a common place for cracks to begin. The larger chips you see along a very fine crack is not unusual.

    You can compare this to a riverbank during a flood. In some places, the torrent of water slowly eats away at the wall of earth, and in other places, it falls away in large chunks.

    The mark on the reverse looks like a gouge in the coin. I can see coin metal pushed up along the edge.

    As for Coin #2, it looks like it took a hit from the reeded edge of another coin.

    For Coin #3, it is always cool to find error progressions, but you need a lot of the same date/mintmark to follow the changes in the condition of the dies.

    The best examples that I found came in a 1000-coin bag of 1999-P GA SQ's. The first coin showed a small crack at the base of the neck near the designer's initials; then, on the next coin, it extended further to the left end of the base of the neck. On subsequent coins, the crack made it's way to the rim at 7:00, and on others, the crack extended to the right of the designer's initials into the field where it split in two separate directions to the rim between 4:00 & 5:00. I was hoping that I would eventually find a large cud from a die failure, but it was not to be. Shucks!

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  4. TyCobb

    TyCobb A product of PMD

    Thanks Chris for the information on the chips and cracks. Glad you were able to follow a progression. I'd love to be able to buy bigger bags to go through.

    On the strike through for Coin #1, if you are talking about the metal pushed up on the left and right, those are his fingers. He lost the ring and middle :nurse:

    Coin 2, I'll double check again, but it wasn't like any gouge I've seen before and was quite smooth. I'll look though and maybe take a picture at another angle when I get home.
  5. TyCobb

    TyCobb A product of PMD

    Aww hell, Coin 2 was raised. I would remove the picture, but can't edit the original post. I checked last night, but that's the problem with looking at a couple hundred of bright coins through a loupe, my eye starts to lie to me. Thanks for the 2nd guess Chris.
  6. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Oops! My original thought involved the small gouge on the rifle, itself, not on the hand. However, I don't see a strikethrough on the hand. What I see looks like a die break along the soldier's thumb of the left hand.

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