Wheel mark.

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Pilkenton, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Pilkenton

    Pilkenton almost uncirculated

    Sorry for my ignorance. I'm trying to learn how to grade.

    I was looking at a 1963 Franklin half, NGC graded "unc details/reverse wheel mark".

    What's a wheel mark?
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  3. USMoneylover

    USMoneylover Active Member

    My guess would be damage from a counting machine, though i could be wrong...Have any pictures?
  4. Pilkenton

    Pilkenton almost uncirculated

    I saw it on ebay. There were a batch of NGC "unc details/improperly cleaned", then I saw this one. I don't know what a wheel mark is.
  5. kanga

    kanga 60 Year Collector

    My guess as to cause would be the machine that wraps coins into rolls.
    The "fingers" that finish the ends of the rolls very often damage the end coin in a circular pattern.
  6. ratio411

    ratio411 Active Member

    My 2008 mint set came with halves that had 'scrapes' along the face...
    They are not bag marks or contact marks from other coins.
    They are pretty obviously machine marks put in place by the coin being in motion.
    I wonder if these would be called 'wheel marks'?
    Maybe there is some sort of wheeled mechanism at the mint when moving the finished coins... ???

    Since they are mint set coins, there must be something at the end of the process, but before wrapping, right?
  7. Pilkenton

    Pilkenton almost uncirculated

    All these coin experts here and no one knows what a wheel mark is?
  8. 19Lyds

    19Lyds Member of the United States of Confusion


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    It was answered in the #2 post.
  10. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    IMO a wheel mark would be a scrape or abrasion (normally curved/circular in shape) on one or more of the coin's surfaces most commonly caused by a counting machine mechanism. It is damage to the coin surface. This damage does not happen at the mint.
  11. Pilkenton

    Pilkenton almost uncirculated

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