Unusually high nicks on innovation dollars?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Ben Jefferson, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. Ben Jefferson

    Ben Jefferson New Member

    I'm collecting innovation dollars and finding the business strike coins are arriving from the Mint looking like to they were ran through a blender! It's almost like the Mint is trying to do a bad job on these.

    Does anyone know what causes these marks in production?

    Could this be intentional on the Mint's part?

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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    No it's just I guess you got a bad batch what mainly causes this is when the coins go through the sorting machines they get dumped into a container of some type.and thousands of coins are hitting each other.
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  4. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    I think it is highly unlikely the Mint would ever intentionally make these marks. You can probably find a video of coins being minted on YouTube. You will notice that the coins are all piling up on top of each other in those large containers. The marks are caused by making contact with other coins. It's rather normal, but I do think that the very open field on these coins may emphasize marks that would be less obvious on other coin designs that have less open space.
  5. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    it's called a "business strike" and not an "uncirculated strike" for a reason they are no better than coins they strike for circulation. Some are dogs, some are better, those are exceptionally dogs. sorry for you, but it happens.

    it's why I prefer to spend a couple bucks and buy them as singles listed as Gem BU, rather than roll the dice on them from the mint in bags or rolls. let someone else deal with the lower quality dogs other than me and let them sort and select and deal with these low quality ones however they need to to get rid of them.
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  6. erscolo

    erscolo Active Member

    I agree completely. I get mine through a supplier who pulls them from the mint rolls they sell, and they cost me $2 a piece. Mine all look fine, only an occasional hairline from contact with other coins. None have been even remotely as banged up as those in the original post.
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