Tink Belle sent us this picture of her unusual Jefferson nickel. The heads side looks completely blurred, while the tails side looks just fine. What in the world is this coin?
Minting error specialist Mike Byers of Mike Byers Numismatics says such errors are worth between $50 and $75 US dollars. Not bad, seeing that the coin cost Tink only 5 cents! For circulated or worn error coins, the value is much less.
When minting machines are stamping out new coins, sometimes two coin blanks find their way into the part of the machine that squeezes patterns into them. A raw blank coin is called a planchet and the machinery that impresses it is called a die. Two planchets between the two dies creates two indent errors, one of which is Tink's coin.