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1974-D Dime, Actually missing letters!

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 Posted 12/01/2008  6:45 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Free2bme to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Please look at these pics of this dime and tell me if I need glasses or not!

It's missing the "US-" in E PLURIBUS UNUM.

The're not ground off or an extremely faint strike. They're just not there.

Please tell me what you think or how this can happen.

Is it common? I can't find any info.

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 Posted 12/01/2008  6:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Free2bme to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
More pics. I'm trying to work on new ones with better light.

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 Posted 12/01/2008  6:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rockdude to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your coin is actually called a filled die error they are very common in production runs. During the striking process grease, metal slivers, threads from clothing etc. get into the press area. Since oil and grease can not be compressed the metal can't flow into the recess of the die. Thus leaving the design incomplete.
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 Posted 12/01/2008  7:07 pm  Show Profile Check SsuperDdave's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SsuperDdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The fact that it's such a clean absence is proof of the grease fill - only a liquid could fill a die so perfectly flush. The pressure of striking the first coin after the grease appeared forced any excess grease from the area. It could possibly have stayed in place for a run of quite a few coins.
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 Posted 12/01/2008  7:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Jazzcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a grease filled die
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 Posted 12/02/2008  10:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Free2bme to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the replies and info!
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I concur with the above. Very good explanation Superdave.
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