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What's Your System For Searching For Errors/Varieties?

 
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 Posted 03/06/2021  7:39 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Durwood to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have mostly Lincoln Cents that I have separated by year/mint and I also have a lot of Quarters, Dimes and Nickels that aren't separated that I go thru somewhat when I need a break for my Lincolns.
I'll pick out the die cracks/chips or anything that stands out or decent Lincolns for my album as I sort them but I don't have a certain system to really look for varieties or doubled dies.
I have several thousand coins I haven't cashed in because I still have to go thru them one or more times.I need a more efficient way to search. If anyone would like to share your system or some tips, we newer members would appreciate it.
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 Posted 03/06/2021  8:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I separate all my coins by type - date- -mint and year.
Collecting since 1972. Learning from then on
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin
My Dansco 7070 type set coin count: 31/76
My Dansco 8176 Eisenhower set coin count: 36/36
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 Posted 03/06/2021  8:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Separate everything by year and then go through each year using variety vista/wexlers die varieties for reference. I pretty much hunt for everything.
My best finds:
1996 DDO-001/FS-101: http://goccf.com/t/372066
Two 2000 WAMs in a box: http://goccf.com/t/375240
1995 DDO-001/FS-101: http://goccf.com/t/376071#3225244
2000-D Maryland Quarter Rotated Die http://goccf.com/t/394553
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 Posted 03/06/2021  10:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A cheap microscope would help with eye fatigue, a good high resolution monitor. Plus a 10x magnifier glass and good light source.

Search 45 minutes and rest 15 minutes and repeat a few time.

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 Posted 03/07/2021  12:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CentSation to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good advice above and sounds like you are on the right track.

The only thing I would add is: Know what you want to look for [specialize] - It is very time-consuming to try and look for everything.
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03/07/2021 12:04 am
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 Posted 03/07/2021  04:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
First thing to learn is the minting process. Then learn what to look for as to errors and varieties. Varieties and errors are the same on all denominations, once you know what to look for it doesn't matter if it is on a cent or a dime. Here is a good site to bookmark http://www.error-ref.com/
I have looked through a few cents in my day and don't bother to sort by date or mint, a DDO on a coin doesn't matter what the year or MM is until you try to attribute it.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  05:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add silviosi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Dearborn, you have here the previous answers which put you on the good track.

Me I wrote to you from the point of view of a collector, not like those who answer you who are specialists. Is no software errors recognition. Around you find many studies and sites who mention mint errors. Some say error, some say variety. Except post mint strike, in collecting we say errors. Variety are different die retouch or design (this is the ways the collectors look). The specialists who look those any minute have maybe different opinion, but bottom of the line will be same.

A good magnifier 20-40x 20$ (goldsmith) is ok. But I will opt for a decent approx. 100$ microscope with 7 inch screen which have camera. This will be a good depart.

Good luck
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03/07/2021 06:27 am
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 Posted 03/07/2021  07:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I consider my self a collector first. Never really actively looked for errors unless they jump right out and scream "I'm here right in front of you" but I think I would like to start finding some of those rarities
Collecting since 1972. Learning from then on
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin
My Dansco 7070 type set coin count: 31/76
My Dansco 8176 Eisenhower set coin count: 36/36
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 Posted 03/07/2021  08:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add stoneman227 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All of the above are excellent ideas.
The thing I'm going to advise is something, as a collector, you may have already done.
Assimilate a reference collection of normal coins of the type , dates and mints you intend to search. As you begin to investigate the fine details of each coin and think you might have found a die anomaly, this reference collection will be the learning tool you use to determine if a coin warrants further investigation.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  09:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Durwood to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the replies everyone. Dearborn and silviosi, I guess I'm a collector, I don't know enough to be a specialist by no means. Some of the die cracks are interesting for instance the shattered skull.
SamCoin, I do use sites from Copper Coins to Wexlers and recently found on Mad Die Clashes overlays for the Lincoln Cent. That's very useful.
macmercury and stoneman227, I have a USB microscope that helps a ton. My computer screen allows me to lean back in comfort while looking at the coin. The software allows me to take pictures which allows me to toggle between the coin I just took a picture of and a coin on the scope to see any small difference between the two. The taking breaks is something I need to do more often, thanks for that tip.
CentSation, I probably will specialize in the future. I've just started coin collecting a couple of years ago and I'm finding that it's kind of relaxing. Besides it proves that my wife still needs me because she's always wanting me to stop what I'm doing to do something for her.
John1, Yes, that is a very good tip. Coop has a lot of good information on the minting process. I save replies from coop to CCF members questions. I think he just started where he can take the members posted coin pic, use arrows to highlight what he sees and explains what he sees to inform the poster. How cool is that.
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03/07/2021 09:15 am
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