Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Dnna, Oct 22, 2019.
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It is hard to to be certain from your photos. When I try to zoom in on the obverse it becomes to blurry.
Having said that my guess would be a planchet flaw or a detached Lamination error. This looks like what is going on on the reverse as well.
@paddyman98 what do you think?
Is there a way to hold the camera / phone exactly parallel to the coin surface? Do you have a little tripod, or some way to hold the camera so its not in your hands?
Since people are going to be throwing around acronyms like crazy, keep the below linked thread handy by bookmarking it. I suspect you will need to refer to it quite often for the first few months.
CoinTalk Acronym Glossary
If it is INTO the coin, it's post mint damage or, less likely, planchant laminations. Those result when air or some foreign substance is trapped in the planchet which causes a chunk of metal to detactch from the piece.
@johnmilton suggests, is that area in question "sitting" up on the surface of the coin or is there a gouge down into the coins surface?
I tried to enlarge the picture but it becomes blurry so I cannot determine for sure. However, upon closer inspection and noticing on the right side of her cheek in the hair is a smaller spot that looks to be the same as on her cheek.
This makes me think it's damage but need clear photos and a close-up of that area to determine such. Please post a few clear photos of that area, one being a close-up.
You mentioned a chip on the reverse but I'm not seeing it. A die chip would create a raised area on the coin. If you're referring to that dark spot, it looks more like a stain. Is it raised or below the coins surface? Please include a close-up of the area you're talking about.
It's definitely sunken. My husband says it looks like someone took a tool to it when he was looking thru the magnifier. But he admits that's his unqualified opinion when it comes to coins. And I've been trying all day to get a better picture. I've got one I'm going post right now. All I could manage with my iPhone was to use the camera features to enlarge it. The other 2 features I used were sharpness and definition. They seemed to be the safest when the point is to identify the difference. I was afraid any other feature might enhance deceptively when what I want is clarification. I don't have a tripod but I think I know what you mean by parallel picture. I'm going to try that after I post this other one. Thanks again to everyone for looking at this for me.
Okay. I hope this didn't make things worse. I did not want to use any feature on my phone that would give a false enhancement of what the coin actually looks like. And this picture honestly DOES look better than the coin does before I used the sharpness, and definition features. Oh, I almost forgot, I also used brightness. I was trying to do everything I could to make it easier for all of you to see. As for mentioned above. It's sunken. Also it's definitely not dirt or glue. Okay. Thanks again everyone.
Yes. Thank you for that handy link. I'm very confused. But at the same time impressed. I never in a million years would have thought that this is something I would someday be talking about.
It's a gouge for sure.
Yes it looks like a dark spot in the photo. But it is below the surface and feels like a gouge and looks like a gouge or chip
@Dnna I have this photo from a Peace Dollar I had. Do any of the marks look similar to this?
Yes I would say they do. I'm unfamiliar with the right terminology but they have a chiseled look. Parts of mine are reflective the way silver might look that's chiseled. Deliberate sort of.
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