US Brockage (Minting error)
US Brockage (Minting error)

When you find a coin that looks like it could be an error, the first question you must ask is whether the error occurred at the mint, or after the coin left the mint. Coins with errors at the mint are valuable. Coins with errors after the mint are damaged and worth zero.

Linda sent us this image of her cool brockage error coin from the Bank of Upper Canada. You can see an error-free example at this CoinQuest link. The intriguing thing about brockage errors is that one of the patterns is reversed, i.e., it is a mirror image of a normal pattern. Obviously, this error occurred at the mint, so Linda's coin is valuable.

Brockage errors always involve two coins that have gotten tangled up in the minting machine. One coin is normal but it has gotten stuck somehow in the machine and is subsequently used to produce more coins. Because it is a normal coin used to strike more coins, the pattern comes out exactly opposite of a normal coin. The coin with the reverse pattern is called a brockage.

Minting error expert Mike Byers looked at Linda's coin and supplied this evaluation:

'Hi Paul and Linda. It looks like an 1850 Canadian half penny token or penny token (can't tell) since its an incuse brockage. The brockage could be a first strike, or a second with a slight obliteration. The value I'm guessing is in the range of US $100, since the condition isn't great. -- Mike Byers'

Brockage errors in general are valuable. Of course each error coin stands on its own merits. Typical values run between $20 and $200. Take your coin to a professional dealer or a knowledgeable collector for an in-person appraisal.

Coin: 10224 , Genre: Errors
Requested by: Linda, Tue, 24-Jan-2012 14:06:35 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 30-Sep-2013 01:38:53 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Tue, 14-Jul-2015 00:20:09 GMT
Requester description: 1850 Hello, I just read your appraisal on the 1850 Canadian penny and I don't think that it is a 'trick' coin as it is backwards and upside down on the back. Thanks for the tip on scanning, never would have thought about that. I know this coin is in really rough shape. Received it from my husband's Dad. Thanks again, Linda
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