Scratch or die crack...?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Jessica Cioffi, Jul 29, 2021.


Scratch or die crack?

  1. Scratch

  2. Die crack

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  3. Something else

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  1. Is anyone able to tell if this is a scratch or die crack for my pictures? I ran my finger across it and it think it’s raised... it’s pretty sharp. I’m still in my first year of coin collecting so I don’t know lol.
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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Definitely a scratch.
    A die crack would appear raised and there would be no disturbance to the plating. On your Cent you can see the exposed Zinc under the plating.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2021
  4. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    Yea, Scratch . :(
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  5. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    yup, what they said.
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  6. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    The 'line' goes over the lettering, so it's
    not a die crack.
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  7. 1stSgt22

    1stSgt22 Well-Known Member

    It cuts into the rim so it's a definite scratch!!!!
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  8. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    Ultra scratch.

    Die cracks move across the surface of the die like lightning through the sky. How the crack moves is affected by the die's topology, so it will meander and fork as it grows in length. You won't typically see one bisecting a coin straight across like this.
  9. Cliff Reuter

    Cliff Reuter Active Member

    I agree with a scratch.
    There is a pressure ridge on each side of the incuse/recessed part. Similar to a plow pushing up dirt as it moves through the soil.

    And not a planchet flaw since any raised area of a planchet would be flattened by the dies during the strike and/or the upturning process.
  10. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    A well defined scratch. The zinc is showing.
  11. capthank

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  12. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    A bad scratch on a poor zincoln.
  13. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    @Jessica Cioffi one way to check if an area is raised or incused is to run a wooden toothpick over the area. Another is to see if there is "displaced" metal, as yours is. A scratch occurring after the coin leaves the mint is just PMD, but asking never hurts, so good luck in the future. Remember, every member here started as a newbie at some point.
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  15. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Welcome back. I missed you after we went to bed. :) Sure glad it was only overnight. Lol
  16. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

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