How would this "double s" mint mark have happened?

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Browns Fan, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Browns Fan

    Browns Fan Active Member

    Bought this 1891 Mexico 10 centavos recently after posting about it a few weeks ago. I hadn't seen another like it in any series and can't find much about it. I know this coin isn't a rarity and is just a couple bucks higher than the regular issue according to my 2014 catalogue. Just wondering how it would have happened. Anyone with minting knowledge care to comment? Thanks
     

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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Were they hand stamped? I'm thinking like RPMs in US coins. Perhaps the same concept?
     
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  4. Browns Fan

    Browns Fan Active Member

    I don't know how they were minted.
     
  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    I believe it is the way it should appear. It's not a double s.

    Edit* Forget it.. I'm wrong. I looked at other examples and they show the 1 small s..
    Interesting
     
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  6. Lawtoad

    Lawtoad Well-Known Member

    It almost looks like a section symbol or sign.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_sign

    I looked at the Krause and other on-line references and paddyman98 is correct that it should be an S. Very interesting. Furryfrog02, you may be right about the hand placement of the mintmark.
     
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  7. Browns Fan

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  8. Browns Fan

    Browns Fan Active Member

    Wouldn't that be an assayers designation?
     
  9. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    In the guidebook by Buttrey and Hubbard it mentions it as a variety , with no extra value given as no seemed to care if extra positioning of the punch were given. Most were small variations. This is one of many that was more extreme and worth a couple of percent more.
     
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  10. Browns Fan

    Browns Fan Active Member

    So, is it hand stamped twice with the result a grossly doubled s? Must be or wouldn't the Z also be doubled? I'm not concerned with value, just how it was minted.
     
  11. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    I believe S is one city location. And ss totally different city or area. I think. All kinds of mm for mexico
     
  12. Numismat

    Numismat World coin enthusiast

    I believe one S was set too high or too low and then a correction was made without eradicating the original. They were not "hand stamped", much too late of a year for that. This is how it was set on at least one particular die. Whether it's just one or multiple dies would require a bit of research and more examples.
     
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    DallasCoinsNThings Numismaniac

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