@slappy, yes we see this all the time on 1950s cents from the US. Evidently their use in gumball and other vending machines causes a consistent swiping of certain design features (e.g. the L in LIBERTY). I think it is safe to assume that some sort of mechanical damage has similarly swiped at the star on your Euro.
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