Why were there so many different error types in large quantities in the mid-1960s?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by JCro57, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. JCro57

    JCro57 Making Errors Great Again

    I have several error types from the mid 1960s, in particular 1964 and 1965.

    Why do these seem to be banner years from this period for so many different kinds of error types in large numbers?

    ~Joe Cronin
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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Lack of quality control? Maybe those years the supervision of handling errors at the Mints was less than what was expected.
  4. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Mass production. I think the Mint was more concerned about producing large numbers to keep up with demand than with the quality of the coins.
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  5. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    coins were being made for commerce, to be used as money.

    The Proofs were being made for collectors. To collect.

    of course, the collectors thus scour the commerce made coins ...
  6. CoinCorgi

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  7. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    I think it is the lack of quality control to pull out errors. Wonder if the riddler was installed back then.
  8. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    I didn't know that the SF Mint was located in Haight-Ashbury!

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  9. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    When I was young a group of us visited that district, we will just say it was very enlightening. Add Golden gate park to the mix and you could people watch all day.

    I also think it was quality control and the mass production of coinage.
  10. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    There was a major coin shortage at the time and production was being ramped up VERY quickly, the ramping up of quality control happened at a slower pace. Emphasis was on quantity, not quality.
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  11. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    There was a coin shortage around that time -
    one of the reasons silver was taken out of coins.

    Mintages were very high at that time, so in general,
    the more coins you strike, the more errors are made,
    and get out.

    It happens every ten years or so in this regard also -
    Some major mint errors, struck in the normal course
    of business, were removed by mint employees.

    Mid-1960's - San Francisco Mint

    Late 1970's - Denver Mint

    1999-2001 - Philly Mint

    It goes in cycles.
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