Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Possible coin error


QUESTION: My friend sent me a picture of his 1974 dime wondering if there is a miniting error on it. I couldn't find anything online like it, and I'm not sure if it is an error, or just some kind of dent.

ANSWER: Pic is of a 74 Half Dollar. You don't say if the reverse of your coin is normal. Re-ask the question and let me know what I asked about the reverse and/or add a pic. In addition, I'd like to know if this is the correct coin, or you send a wrong pic for the dime error you asked about.

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QUESTION: Ok yeah sorry its the right picture I just mixed up the names it is a half dollar. And yeah the area where the marks are, its pressed into the back and there are small lumps there on the other side.

With the added description and pics, your odd coin, in my opinion, was created after it was struck and is considered post-mint damage. The key is the reverse, where there is distortion. This would not have happened if the planchet on the obverse were defective, and struck in the die chamber normally. Your coin has no added numismatic value.  

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

Awards and Honors
1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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