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  • ?? 1961 D penny

    I looked on variety vista and there is no known error for coin. Does that mean no error exists ?
    The word Liberty, and In God we trust
    It is off-center? I have several of these coins
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    Variety vista is web site that is dedicated to varieties on a coin. Many people will combine the varieties into the error category. So anything that is a variety can be Doubled die obverse, Doubled die reverses. Repunched mint marks, over mint marks, repunched dates, over dates, misplaced dates and items like that. Variety Vista focuses on varieties, not all encompassing errors.

    errors tend to be focused on something that went wrong when the planchet was made or when it was being struck,, like off centers , lamination, multiple struck, die caps and the list goes on.

    Looking at your coin, some of the letters are touching the rim, which is within mint tolerance. if you can see all of the features intended,, then if it is off center, in this case , it is not a significant amount to worry about. It looks like the metal flow was a tiny bit off.

    There are three categories people get confused on occasionally and these three are. Off center, broad struck and misaligned dies.

    Broad strikes are coins when they are struck, appear larger and may be oddly shaped.the important thing to note with broadstrikes is that you should be able to see all the intended features on both sides of the coin.

    Mis aligned dies is there one side of the coin appears normal, and the other side is off center

    An off center error will have both sides of the coin off center.

    It can get confusing, especially when coins are subjected to a condition when errors can occur.. this means that a coin which has received one type of error,, it may be subjected to other errors as well.. for example if a minting process timing becomes a bit off, there may be off center coins produced, and if the off center doesn't clear the minting press it could be struck multiple times, or could flip over and be struck again.... the scenarios are endless.
    Last edited by MintErrors; 02-13-2022, 10:21 PM.
    Gary Kozera
    Website: https://MintErrors.org


    • #3
      This is what we are looking for. You are being specific about what you are seeing. I agree with MintErrors reply.
      Bob Piazza
      Lincoln Cent Attributer


      • #4
        Okay, I am getting a better understanding of coins. Thank you for being patient with me.
        I don't know what intrigues me about coins so much lately, perhaps my late father's love of coins.