Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by shaney777, May 15, 2020.
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This is my explanation as I understand the issues.
Thank you for the explanation! I actually haven't heard of those until now. General errors on coins seem far more complicated than die varieties.
I understand where you are coming from, but these are the official terms used by Mike Diamond to describe aspects of die wear progression. It is important to know the difference because some are rarer, and more valuable, than others.
Rare?!!! What is rare is a 1943 Copper Cent or a 1944 Steel Penny.
No disrespect intended toward Mike, but did he make up those "official" terms or are you just calling them "official" because they are used in the description? ~ Chris
I don't mean rare, just some of those errors are rarer than the other. Circular die cracks and retained die breaks are a lot rarer than die breaks. I don't know if Mike came up with the terms, but he uses them, and they're on his site when defining the error. So they are the main terms used to describe the particular error.
That is my go-to site, but I feel that it doesn't explain enough to answer my questions here. However, a close coin friend did help me today with understanding what a retained die break looks like. It's raised more than the inside of a circular die crack (obviously) but a good bit shorter than a die break.
You call die breaks cracks as well?!
Thank you! <3 I thought of the pre die break depression as well, which seems to be common on modern nickels and quarters. It is incused on the coin, so it must be raised on the die. This would mean that sometimes the break is raised on the die, but other times it's incused on the die (retained die break). I find it odd that breaks wouldn't always be one way or the other.
You are awesome!!
Do you have any images of a retained interior die break in the field? It might explain the oddness i have on an Ike dollar
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