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Help Me Understand Why Error Coins?

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 Posted 01/13/2020  8:05 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all,

In no way is this a critique of crh rolling for error coins but I don't get it. What is the fascination with the possibility a coin is a mint error? Especially if you need a magnifying glass or a microscope to see it? Yes I understand the 1955 DDO and the 1942/1 but I don't get the 1942/1 D as it's just not noticeable. Is the error coin the coin lottery everyone expects to hit, or is it that finding that elusive DDO is a dream for some? Does an error have to be noticeable naked eye to make it a worthwhile error or just the slightest hint of doubling is enough? I guess why the fascination with errors when most can't be really scene unless I set magnification?
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 Posted 01/13/2020  9:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some people like error coins, some couldn't be bothered with them.
If the error is of a very minor nature there is no added value for such a coin.
The prospect of zero added value does not stop the serious student from persisting in the study of them.

Those who are only looking at possible rarity and added value of very minor errors usually give up. That is a pity. There is lot to learn in the study of error coins.
The numismatic student, on the other hand, ends up learning a lot about the minting process, and Mint technology. His interest may well then extend into other areas of numismatics.

I do, in fact collect major error coins, such as off metal strikes, patterns, brokages, piedforts, mules, severe off center mis strkes, coins struck without a collar, die adjustment strikes, severely bitten edges, and complete planchet failures, where the weight is affected significantly.

I have at least one example of each class of error mentioned, and in most cases, more than one of each.
It taken me more than 50 years to build such a collection. More than half of these have come from public auction.
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