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Small Mint Mark 1878 S Morgan Dollar Error?

 
 
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 Posted 11/17/2019  2:43 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Amethystman to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a 1878S Morgan dollar with a small mint mark, if you see in the picture you can tell it's small because I took a picture of another one with it as you can see by the picture, the top one is a little smaller, and not centered like the other the coin does have a little wear but you can still see that it is an s. I this an error coin?
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 Posted 11/17/2019  10:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SeatedNut to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Amethystman,

Welcome to the forum. Mintmarks were punched into the working dies by hand and more than one punch was used for the millions of coins minted annually. That is why you see different sizes, placement and orientation. These differences are just one of the diagnostics used to attribute die varieties (VAMS),
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 Posted 11/18/2019  06:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Amethystman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So your saying that is not an error? I can't find anymore on the internet!
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 Posted 11/18/2019  09:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SeatedNut to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Without full-size photos of both coins (obverse and reverse) I cannot offer any other explanation.
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 Posted 11/18/2019  10:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So your saying that is not an error? I can't find anymore on the internet!

How can it be an error? An error is usually one of a kind.
A different sized punch was used on that particular die so every coin
struck from that particular die would have that small MM.

The only other explanation is that one of them is counterfeit
but you didn't supply full size photos of both sides to determine that.
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11/18/2019 10:10 am
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