Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1889 Indian head error? extra 8 or S
QUESTION: Ibwas going though my collection today and found this .. I have tried but can not find anything like this. To me it looks like an extra 8 at the end of the date. Thank you in advance.
Based on photo supplied, my best guess is that it is damaged, and not a mint error/variety. The edge or rim appears slightly distorted by the "added number". If real, the number would be raised, unless it was a split off from a struck coin, in which case, it would be reversed or struck inward. The process, if happening in the mint, would not distort the rim. As an damaged coin, it would have no added numismatic value.
Sometimes people try and fool you into thinking you have a real error coin. Here are examples of coins either being altered or damaged.
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QUESTION: Does this image being closer help. It does not look as if someone could have done this due to you can see it is raised and is the same height as the other letters and number.
I looked at the additional photos. Sorry, but I stand with the original answer that the coin is likely damaged. The area you indicate that has what appears to be an added number is likely two very small punches (such as a little nail hammered into the surface twice, overlapping each other) on the coin surface near the edge of the coin that malformed the metal. The small punches were close enough together to form what appears (to you) to be an added "8".
I know that is not what you want to hear. You wish it were a new variety worth more than the coin value. In my opinion, without holding the coin, all I can do is give you an answer on what I see. If you are convinced it's a real variety, either take it to a coin shop, or show, and have the coin looked at by several individuals there. You can also submit the question to the yahoo error collectors group, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/errorcoininformationexchange/info with photos for additional comments by error collectors. Another option is to ask another expert at AllExperts. The choice is yours, but I still believe the coin to be damaged. Best of luck to you in your collecting.