Numismatic News: Coin Error Identification, Mercury Dime Values, E Pluribus Unum

by on July 21, 2009 · 3 comments

July 21: Four numismatic news or coin blog articles are referenced on CoinNews every Tuesday and Thursday. These articles are not authored by us, but we recommend coin collectors read them for their unusual or interesting content. Here are today’s coin articles:

Errors Sometimes Look Like Something Else
Ken Potter | Numismatic News

Steve Conner of Texas sent in a 1952-D Lincoln cent that shows die cracking and chipping from the “9” in the date to the Denver mintmark. This was a fairly common area of breakage this year that even today often fools many collectors into believing that the series of cracks and chips might be a secondary Denver mintmark hanging between the tail of the “9” and the primary “D.”…

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[Mercury] Dimes offer opportunities
Steve Roach | Coin Values

Winged Liberty Head dimes, more commonly called “Mercury” dimes, were minted from 1916 to 1945 and present collecting opportunities for all budgets. This series has been traditionally popular to collect in circulated grades, and a well-matched circulated set is an accessible challenge. Collectors on a budget putting together low-grade sets have reported that…

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E Pluribus Unum, Part One
David W. Lange | NGC

To the non-numismatist, one of the more puzzling features of United States coins is the Latin legend E Pluribus Unum. To begin with, few Americans can even identify this phrase as being Latin. Its actual meaning is an even bigger mystery. This is just the sort of misunderstanding that fuels the fires of conspiracy theorists, who place great significance on supposed Masonic secrets hidden within our coins and paper currency (Hollywood has capitalized on this suspicion in popular fiction such as the two National Treasure movies starring Nicholas Cage)…

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Video: Definitive Answer on Wisconsin Quarter Varieties
Scott Barman| Coin Collector’s Blog

Rick Snow, noted researcher of Indian Cents and die varieties, carefully examined the high-leaf and low-leaf varieties of the Wisconsin State Quarter. Although mainstream media stories have reported this as an accident, Snow analyzes the coins under an electron microscope in order to do forensic analysis…

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jeff October 12, 2009 at 9:48 pm

i have a us dime with a date of 200 it is an error with a mint mark D on it i wondering what it is worth it is in great shape.

faye April 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

well anyone know i found one myself???

elena February 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

im having trouble with this coin i found by canal 1942 gold on one side of coin then on otherside gold and silver in the middle.

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