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1886-1986 United States Liberty Coin Set Half Dollar Coin Error

 
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 Posted 10/18/2021  5:30 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Asluckwouldhavit to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey guys. There is a weird discolored dot on the half dollar coin of this set. Can anyone make anything of it? I am clueless. Thanks!



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 Posted 10/18/2021  5:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add carlp007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It really hard to make out. Can it be seen from all angles? Is it on the capsule?
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 Posted 10/18/2021  6:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Asluckwouldhavit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for your response. The top of the capsule was actually removed. I just left it laying inside of it to take the picture. It is visible from all angles. Here are some close up photos that may help.



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 Posted 10/18/2021  7:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add carlp007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like something was dripped on it. Did you purchase it from the mint, or aftermarket?
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 Posted 10/18/2021  8:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Asluckwouldhavit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I inherited them so I am not 100% sure but I seem to recall her having them for a very long time. It doesn't answer your question but I do know they have been in their covers for at least the past 25-30 years.
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 Posted 10/19/2021  11:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's difficult for me to discern from your images - they are fine, you did a good job with them - which of the two scenarios I can imagine could have caused the issue actually did so.

Scenario 1: As already mentioned by carlp007, a liquid could have dripped on to the coin and caused the discoloration.

Scenario 2. Something could have dripped on to the proof die at the Mint prior to the coin being struck and damaged the polished finish of the die.

In either example, I would imagine the liquid in question was at least mildly acidic.

Multiple examples of the same issue would point to a die-related issue; a single example points to an event specific to the coin. In the absence of others here reporting the same discoloration, I would side with the view that a liquid dripped on to your coin when its capsule was off and the liquid caused the issue.

In any case, I wouldn't consider it an error by the definition for the term that is typically used for coins. Also, I don't believe it is something for which collectors will pay a premium. In fact, it would likely be the opposite.


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 Posted 10/19/2021  12:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It would not be classed as an error as I can't think of any way that could happen when the coin was struck.
Something has affected it afterwords in which case it it would be PMD.
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 Posted 10/19/2021  12:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Corbe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coin on the right looks like it maybe have been opened and handled, compared to the one on the left. Probably a drop of something, like sweat, particularly because of the halo around the spot.
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 Posted 10/19/2021  12:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't think that it would necessarily have been opened, although that is a possibility.
Don't forget that these are hand packaged in a different location after they have been
struck so it is possible something could have happened between then.
It doesn't really matter though as it is still damage
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