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Error Coins

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Coins that are manufactured erroneously (error coins) are quite fascinating. There are many varieties including off center struck coins, coins that show mechanical doubling, die breaks, indents, struck through errors, coins with curved or clipped planchets, double die coins, and coins with missing lettering just to name a few. Every collector should have at least a couple examples in their collection. Not only does it make for a well rounded collection, but it is very informative as to the actual minting process.

However, occasionally some error coins do make their way into circulation, making them even more valuable and sought after by collectors. One famous example is the 1955 doubled die cent, which is highly prized by numismatists for its unique and striking appearance. Error coins can also provide valuable insights into the minting process and the technology used at the time of production. For example, off center struck coins can reveal information about the alignment and positioning of the coin dies, while coins with missing lettering can shed light on the intricacies of the lettering process. Collecting error coins can be a fascinating and educational hobby, allowing enthusiasts to appreciate the beauty and complexity of these unique numismatic treasures. Whether it’s a minor misalignment or a major production flaw, error coins add an exciting dimension to any coin collection and are sure to spark the curiosity of collectors and enthusiasts alike.