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Errors & Varieties
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21 days ago
Post: 2440
US
Date: 1776 - Question: Error?

 
By: Paul
Web reference:
1. [coinquest.com]
21 days ago
Post: 2451
It look like the small speck is riding on top of the coin's surface. To be a minting error it would have to rise from the surface in a seamless manner. The type of error is known as 'cud' or 'extra metal.' Click to the [coinquest.com] link to the left for pictures and approximate values.
 
By: Nick
19 days ago
Post: 2487
A 'CUD' is a die break that involves the rim and at least a little bit of the adjacent field or design. This mint error is just a die break not involving the rim. The value is whatever a mint error collector is willing to pay.
 
By: Paul
19 days ago
Post: 2499
Hi again, Nick. Isn't that an unusual pattern for a die break? The ones I've seen tend to resemble a long crack, not a short dot.
 
By: Nick
19 days ago
Post: 2503
Yes it is unusual but so are mint errors unusual. A crack or a chip in a die can occur anywhere and at any size. Usually they will start as tiny stress cracks that will leave almost invisible lines on a coin. When the dies get worse they're usually changed by the mint workers but sometimes things happen and people get side tracked and before a die can be changed some coins get minted with numerous kinds of errors. And usually those errors will get caught by inspectors but again things happen.
 
By: Nick
18 days ago
Post: 2531
After thinking about this coin some more and looking closer, the coin is not in pristine condition therefore this 'D' error could just be PMD

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