Adjustment Marks on Coins?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by JCB1983, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. JCB1983

    JCB1983 Learning

    Is it true that there used to be an actual job as a coin adjuster? I read somewhere that this position was to file the coin down so that it would be within the proper weight and therefore making it legal. I understand that this was done before the stamp was made, and it is not considered damaged? I would love to see any pictures of adjustment coins that people might have. Found it very interesting. This is the only one I can find.

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  3. BooksB4Coins

    BooksB4Coins Newbieus Sempiterna

    Yes, and the adjusters were women. Did your book arrive yet?
  4. JCB1983

    JCB1983 Learning

    lol yeah. Awesome book. Thanks again for the recommendation. I could get lost in this book for a very long time.

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Yes there was a time when those weighing and checking the coins, and planchets, were women. But you are talking about the US Mint, and during a specific period of time. During other periods of time the work was done by men as well. And in earlier history, before the US Mint even existed, such work was always done by men.

    It is also important to note that weight adjustments were done both before the coins were struck and after the coins were struck.
  6. JCB1983

    JCB1983 Learning

    So would this be considered damage? I'd like to get my hands on an adjusted coin.

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    No it's not considered damage. But adjustment marks do have a negative impact on the grade.
  8. BooksB4Coins

    BooksB4Coins Newbieus Sempiterna

    Correct and should have been noted. Were "often" women.

    Glad you are enjoying the book. While not the perfect work, its still an excellent reference.
  9. lkeigwin

    lkeigwin Well-Known Member

    Here's a nice example of a flowing hair half dollar with adjustment marks.

  10. JCB1983

    JCB1983 Learning

    what an amazing piece of history and a beautiful coin.
  11. jhinton

    jhinton Well-Known Member

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