Does 2002-D Dime Show Mint Error(s) or Other Damages?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by RevGCD, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. RevGCD

    RevGCD New Member


    I am too inexperienced at coin collecting to make any judgment, but I found this dime and wonder if any of the "peculiarities" it exhibits are mint errors or damages that happened after minting. I appreciate your input--whether or not your evaluation forms an opinion favoring mint error(s) or damages that happened after minting. I'm sorry that the pictures are not any better, but I do not have a steady hand. IMG-0373.JPG IMG-0378.JPG
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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    That there is what I call a DEFDAM - Definitely Damaged :yack:

    Not a Mint Error of any kind.
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  4. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    17 years of wear and damage. Probably got ran over by a lawn mower at some point too - the fast spinning blade impact stuff.
  5. RevGCD

    RevGCD New Member

    That's kind of what I thought, however, there do not appear to be any nicks in the clad where the other metal shows through. I also noted the rim on the obverse.

    This is what someone else offered:

    Largest cud error (a blob-like area visible on obverse, to right of Roosevelt’s neck)
    · obliterates lettering of legend, notably in AMERICA, where –ICA becomes increasingly invisible; obliterates lettering in motto, where –M of UNUM increasingly becomes invisible;
    · obliterates lettering in DIME, where DIME becomes increasingly invisible;
    · obliterates relief’s outer edge of oak leaf’s right lowest leaf;
    · obliterates the bullet character that is ordinarily seen between the words AMERICA and DIME (bullet character ordinarily follows the last -A in AMERICA and comes after the -E in DIME);
    Multiple rim distortions are visible to the naked eye, particularly where cuds are obvious, but also presumably from various die breaks or die cracks on both obverse and reverse sides.
    Edge appears to show multiple die cracks.
    Edge’s reeding is obliterated throughout length of cud.
    Curved clipped-type planchet error(s) visible in 2 areas.
    Coin is misshapen in multiple places.

    Granted, I would, of course, love for this to be an error coin. But, I can kind of see where some of this makes sense. Is this someone so far off?
  6. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    @RevGCD The person who gave you that information has no idea what they're talking about. Your coin suffered significant damage after it left the mint. Hang out on Coin Talk and you'll pick up a lot of info on how coins and dies are made, which is the key to knowing when you have an error or variety (Not easy to find) and when you have a damaged coin (lots and lots of examples in circulation)
  7. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    If you can sell your damaged dime to that person I'd sell it in an instant. Take the money and run, as the saying goes.

    Just run really fast.
  8. RevGCD

    RevGCD New Member

    LOL. I wouldn't dream of doing that to anyone. I don't even know the person that offered that information.

    I've seen plenty of coins damaged in everyday circulation, I just thought this one looked a lot different than what I would expect of anything run over by cars, stuck in washing machines, caught in the garbage disposal, hit by lawnmowers, etc. But, as I said, it had more to do with the lack of scrapes in the outer layer of the clad (that otherwise probably result in at least some exposure of the layers below) and the raised or misshapen distortions I could see.

    Thank you for your feedback, all the same... I sincerely appreciate you taking your time to look this over and for the opinions you've offered.
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