Weak strike or wear?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Chip Kirkpatrick, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. Chip Kirkpatrick

    Chip Kirkpatrick Well-Known Member

    I’m fascinated about the appearance of this dime.

    The center of both the obverse and reverse seem to be normal while the rim of both sides are quite weak.

    What might have caused this? Weak strike? Worn or damaged dies? Grease filled dies? Or just unusual wear?

    if wear, why would the damage be more uniform across the entire face of the coin?

    or, maybe somebody playing around with the appearance of the coin?

    Opinions, please. 5CCF8DC7-F1D0-4F12-AE21-74016CC1DB44.jpeg 66C31880-54DE-4723-9172-F93C5412451E.jpeg 87407756-8154-40F5-9685-23C941A96C77.jpeg 3DE25A0F-F365-4A2E-B0E5-A70366A7C94A.jpeg 09F88EBD-F08E-47FE-81AA-704FD0C7DD9A.jpeg 8EB46083-926B-42B7-9490-4412CD2E86BA.jpeg 6158EAF8-EE07-4557-BCEB-A6F92086FBF8.jpeg
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  3. ChristopherCollectsCoin

    ChristopherCollectsCoin Active Member

    Worn die and bit of grease it seems to be.
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  4. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I'll agree. It has that look.
  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Die Deterioration strike.
    Worn Die Strike.

    Not a weak strike.
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  6. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    With Die Deterioration think about a flat planchet.

    When it is struck by a die the middle metal gets pushed up into the design elements.

    Extra metal gets pushed out to the sides, scraping everything along the way.

    The outer elements normally get worn much more than the inside design elements because they get more metal pushed their way which scraps the metal and the 90 degree edges of the elements all get worn out and edges broken off. Thus you get stuff that looks like your dime.

    With the Below Image and yellow circles, Think of the metal from from the direct center with radial lines going out to the edges. Notice the lack of a clear edge on the bottom "O" of one. The die "O" inner edge was worn away by metal flowing over it from each planchet.
    Thus it is not as well defined as the outer part of the O in this example, as the inner part took the brunt of the damage.

    On the "U" above it you can see how the outer edge of the long side of the "U" too a lot of element edge damage from metal flow, thus extended the upper edge of the "U".
    Then add to it all the metal flow wore away on the entire flat part of the die surface, thus you get striation lines and other surface irregularities so the depth of the elements is less than a brand new die .. kinda like a car tire when it gets worn.

    then add grease which fills in areas and does not let metal flow into it.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2020
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  7. TheGame

    TheGame Well-Known Member

    To add, Philly mint let their dies get really bad in the 2014-16 years, especially on dimes and quarters. I remember 2015-P dimes looking like that almost as often as they were normal.
  8. Brina

    Brina Well-Known Member

    Plus a tiny die chip behind FDR's ear :)
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  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's a worn die strike, maybe through grease or other debris and there is a small die chip in his hair by the ear.
  10. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

  11. Corn Man

    Corn Man Well-Known Member

    I collect these in a cup on my desk when I coin rollhunt dimes 2015 and 2016 are the most common years fir this but ive see it on others
  12. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Sure is. Good eye, Sherlock. :)
  13. Chip Kirkpatrick

    Chip Kirkpatrick Well-Known Member

    great explanation! Thanks. FDCF322F-FA5F-49DC-B20D-2E3C452A7CD9.png
  14. mikediamond

    mikediamond Coin Collector

    As Paddyman98 correctly concluded, this dime was struck by heavily worn dies. There are no other contributing factors.
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