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Possible struck through die cap Nickel? Please help.

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Murphy
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 Posted 10/26/2012  12:21 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Murphy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I found this about a week ago in a bank box. When I posted pictures in the Coin Roll Hunting section I was told it could be a possible struck through die cap? I was advised to post it here for review. I did some research and I am still a little unsure as to exactly how this happens. If I understand it correctly, some object, typically another coin, sticks to the die and creates a "cap". The "capped die" then continues to strike other coins not allowing full definition of the coin to be shown. I know this is an over simplified explanation, but this is how I picture it in my mind. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Credit for the pictures goes to my Brother. Thanks Bro.











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 Posted 10/26/2012  12:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pyrbob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You have the basics of the explaination of a die cap correct but unfortunately I think you coin is PMD. The reverse was damaged a little and the major damage was on the obverse. Just my opinion.
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 Posted 10/26/2012  1:14 pm  Show Profile Check biokemist6's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add biokemist6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Unfortunately, your coin is just damaged. Your understanding of the process is stated in a simplified manner but you have the gist of it. This quote is from one of my posts on the subject from a few months ago-


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A die cap occurs when a planchet is struck but instead of being ejected from the coining chamber, it adheres to one of the dies. This die cap now becomes the die itself so instead of striking normal coins in relief, the first few coins struck will have an incuse mirrored image known as a mirror brockage. As the die cap strikes more coins, it spreads out and wraps around the shank of the die. This thinning and spreading of the die cap causes the resultant brockage image to distort and spread out with the end result being a late stage brockage. After repeatedly striking more coins, the die cap becomes so thin and distorted that it can no longer transfer the brockage image and then a ghost image of the capped die begins to appear.
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 Posted 10/26/2012  2:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Murphy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for you replies Pyrbob and Biokemist6. Now I don't have to decide if I wish to keep it or sell it. I'll keep my eye out for more interesting coins.

That's a great explanation. That's how I see it in my mind. I just couldn't put it into words very well.
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 Posted 10/27/2012  10:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sab3927 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The reverse tells much. Die cap strikes have normal reverses perhaps even sharper. Your coin has a mushy reverse pointing to a damaged coin. I would urge you not to sell it unless as a damaged coin. Putting it back in circulation is best.
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 Posted 10/27/2012  1:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Murphy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I had no intention of selling it unless it was a "real" mint error. To knowingly sell it as a "mint error" when it's really PMD would be dishonest in my opinion. It's just bad karma.



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