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 Posted 06/06/2010  5:19 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add jprine to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Bought this yesterday. I really liked the errors on the reverse, there are multiple missing parts of the letters. Not sure about the date-the 69 looks larger than the 18. Any opinions?
Here are a couple of closeups.






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 Posted 06/06/2010  5:49 pm  Show Profile Check SsuperDdave's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SsuperDdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wowser. That die (or more likely the hub) was done.

There are a whole bunch of RPD's in that series - perhaps yours is one of them, making the numbers look fatter once worn. I saw similar while looking at these at Heritage before posting this reply.
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 Posted 06/06/2010  6:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SilverTurtle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Check out the S in Cents on the Reverse and the last A in America.

Also look at the arrows on the obverse. Nice coin!
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 Posted 06/07/2010  10:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Those are what are known as hub breaks. Those portions of the letters have broken off the raised letters on the hubs used to make the dies. With no raised area on the hub, there is no depression in the die and so no raised area on the finished coin. The Shield nickel is WELL known for these broken letters. I think the record is something like seven broken letters on one coin. The are especially popular on the 1868 hub of 68 nickels. (1868 come from three different rev hub designs.) All of the hub of 68 dies came from just one master hub and it is possible to trace the deterioration of the hub as one letter after another develop breaks
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 Posted 06/07/2010  3:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Neat coin. Appreciate Conder101's lesson on hub breaks. While I've spotted many a die break on Shield nickels, I've not noticed any partial lettering such as yours illustrates. Makes me think I need to look at coins with a more studious eye! The most such glaring nickel I've found is a 1912 liberty that has eleven stars; arguably 11.3 stars. That nickel is far more eye-catching to me than a three-legger. I'll post a pic of it here when I get more acclamated to using this site.
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That is crazy cool. WOLF
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 Posted 06/09/2010  1:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add delaner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Neat coin. Appreciate Conder101's lesson on hub breaks.




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