Any ideas what happened with this 68S Roosevelt Dime?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by atrox001, May 11, 2010.

  1. atrox001

    atrox001 Senior Member

    These photos are from a 1968S proof Roosevelt dime. Does anyone have any ideas how this anomaly came about? I posted these photos on the CONECA Forum, and sent the dime to JB Neff (, thinking this could be an example of a trail die, but he doesn’t think so. He said “From the scarring on the top of the letters (the indented part), it appears that the coin was stuck in a die and ripped off by the ejection arm. This would have left the extension on some of the design elements that have a trail like appearance. The main factor that this is not a trail die is that the MM has the same directional lines on its inside; that means this anomaly is strike related.”

    Any ideas what might have caused this?

    Larry Nienaber

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  3. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    I don't know....but it sure is COOL! Looks like a "horror" font!
  4. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    That's what happens when you give the can of spray paint to a rookie. I knew they should have hired the LA gangbangers.

  5. cpm9ball

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    I wonder if this couldn't be an extreme case of mechanical doubling where the die was nearly falling out of the collar. Note what appears to be MD on the underside of the letters.

  6. ikandiggit

    ikandiggit Currency Error Collector

  7. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    you said :"an example of a trail die"

    Do you mean die trial?

    If so, nope.
  8. TheNoost

    TheNoost huldufolk

    Planchet was too hot when struck?
  9. atrox001

    atrox001 Senior Member

    Treashunt...I mean trail die.
  10. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    okay, I'll bite, what is a 'trail die'?

    [by definition] I never heard that term before.

    I do see that the design seems to 'trail off' is that what you mean?
  11. TheNoost

    TheNoost huldufolk
  12. mikediamond

    mikediamond Coin Collector

    Hard to say. It might be due to improper polishing of the die face.
  13. justafarmer

    justafarmer Senior Member

    Simply put and this is real simply put - trail dies are a form of machine doubling/damage so to speak originating in the die hubbing process.
  14. jello

    jello Not Expert★NormL®

    Thank for sharing! that!!!

    I agree with Mike it has to be something with how the die was polished.
    the affected almost looks like ice hang off them.
  15. jallengomez

    jallengomez Cessna 152 Jockey

    I've always assumed improper polishing. I've seen this before. The weird thing is that I can't remember ever seeing it on the obverse with cents, and I can't remember ever seeing it on the reverse with dimes and quarters(never saw it on a nickel that I can remember). Is the reverse always the anvil die with all denominations?
  16. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank


    Thanks for the link!

    I am always learning.

  17. mikediamond

    mikediamond Coin Collector

    "Trails" are not any form of doubling. They are filaments or tendrils that extend from design elements. They seem to be generated during hubbing, but the precise physical mechanism remains obscure.
  18. Jon H

    Jon H Junior Member

    Any damage to the edge of the coin?
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