Coin and Paper Money Collecting/error or fake?


I found this dime that has a raised edge on both sides with no ridges, its a little dull in the lettering, the lettering seems to be bolder than any other dime I've compared it too and it is slightly smaller than another dime. was just wondering if you could shed some light on it       
         thank you: John

Hi John,

It's neither an error nor a fake -- it's been altered.

Somebody took something like a large spoon and tapped repeatedly along the outer edge of the coin, gradually altering its shape.  This practice of "spooning" has been going on for over a hundred years.  The eventual outcome is to make a ring out of it by banging on it long enough to give the outer edge enough width, then cutting out the center.  Doing this to a coin from after 1964 is a lot more difficult, because copper/nickel is a lot harder metal than silver.

As it is, it has no collector value -- just a kind of novelty.

I hope this helps,


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