Recent Errorscope articles

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Articles in the May/June 2020 Issue of CONECA’s ErrorScope include:

Young Numismatists Program
by Logan Wostyn

Hello Everyone!!!Hope you all are doing well and avoiding the ick that’s going around. Since we are all stuck at home I thought I would pull from the last Errorscope for our quiz. All your answers can be found in the last issue. The first 3 YN’s to send me all 10 correct answers will receive a prize. Also below you will find an article about a coin show that one of our YNs went to. Have fun, enjoy and be safe.
1) Denny Polly wrote what article?
2) How many Varieties were found in the 2009 Lincoln cent with the 4 different backs?
3) How does a Curved Clip happen?
4) How does a Ragged Clip happen?
5) What is VAM?
6) In what year did the mint start using the single squeeze method?
7) What article did Jude Arnald write?
8) Which 2009 reverse has doubling in the form of an extra long forefinger?
9) What is the mintage of the 1968D Lincoln cent?
10) What coin is pictured with a strongly separated repunched mintmark?

My Last Coin Show
by Christopher B

The last weekend in August, just a few weeks after my birthday, I found myself browsing an assortment of tables and dealers on the most exciting day of the year. I was at the Ohio State Coin Show, the largest show around the area, and the biggest I have been to yet. Being two-and-a-half hours from my house, it took quite the persuading to get my parents to drive me there. With visions of all of the coins and people I would see, those two hours felt like days….

Two Errors for the Price of One? A Russian 2 Kopek
By Mark Benvenuto

I confess that as time has gone on, I have looked more intently for coins that I might classify as errors when I look through any dealer’s stock. Some pieces that I might have passed by I take a renewed interest in if there is something not quite right….

Dual Country – Double Denomination Panama 1c Double Struck on U.S. Lincoln Cent
By CW4 Jeff Ylitalo, USA (ret)

This major mint error is a lustrous 1982 Panama 1 Centesimo Double Struck on a previously struck United States cu 1982 Lincoln Cent. The coin rotated 90 degrees CCW after the first strike with a beautiful second strike that is 30% off-center.

Treasures Among Treasure
“It is not the word that commands the story; it’s the ear”
by Dr. Ron Brown

1984 DDO-001 (FS-101) Doubling is ear outline below the primary ear detail.

I think some Lincoln cent collectors are going to be surprised by the number and dates of Lincoln Double Dies that show doubling of the ear. As best I could, I have included here a current list that I compiled and it is not intended to be comprehensive.

Discrepancy Found in Long-Used Standard for Mint Mark Style Listings San Francisco Mint Mark Punch Used in the 40’s and 50’s Reemerged Decades Later.
by Will Brooks

Figure 1. A 1942 S Mint mark (left) and a 1974 S Mint mark (right).

The long-used industry standard for identifying the different Mint Mark styles used over the years was established by Dr. James Wiles and can be seen at his varietyvista website, www.varietyvista.com. In the November, 2018 issue of Coin World Monthly, I explained the features of the San Francisco Mint mark style listed by Dr. Wiles as MMS-009 (Mint Mark Style-009). According to Wiles’ listings, this punch came into service in 1974 and was used until 1979. This was a bad-looking punch which had a series of defects. Assuming that this punch was brought into service in 1974, I concluded in that article that this punch must have been made with those defects and that they were not the result of the punch’s deterioration from over-use. I have since discovered that this conclusion was incorrect.

Examples of Off Metal Errors on U.S. and Philippine Coinage
By Benjamin C. Simpson, YN, and John L. Simpson

1961 Jefferson Nickel

Off metal or wrong planchet errors occur when a planchet for one coin is struck by a press intended for a different denomination. They are among the most interesting and prized errors and can occur in numerous ways. Between 1855 and 1984, the United States Mint produced coins for 43 different countries ranging from Australia to Venezuela (interestingly, official sanction did not come until The Mint Act of 1874). Sometimes these foreign planchets were struck by American dies. This article will focus on wrong planchet errors created during the U.S. production of Philippine coinage.

 

CONECA Booth,
National Money Show, Atlanta 2020

From Left to Right. CONECA Members, Dr. Ron Brown, Mike Ellis – ANA Governor

The national Money show had many highlights from the exciting interaction of new collectors interested in CONECA and the interaction with the many who already are members. It was and is an honor to represent!

Can Intent Define an Error Coin
by Al Raddi

Figure 1. Obverse of the Portugal 1999 100-escudo coin with the name of the issuing country spelled incorrectly in the legend PORTUGUSA

A simple definition of an error coin is: a coin that was manufactured incorrectly. However, what if a coin was manufactured correctly but designed incorrectly – is it an error coin?

 

CONECA Elections 2020
By Ken Potter

Are you interested in serving on CONECA’s Board? If so, submit your Election platform by July 15, 2020 to editor@conecaonline.org. All platforms will be published in the September/October 2020 issue of Errorscope Election Ballots will be printed and inserted into the September/October 2020 issue of Errorscope.

Cuve’s Error-Variety-Clash Round Up 9
By Jason Cuvelier

Never assume, my mentor in graduate school would tell me. I try not to. On my scope appeared to be a die clash we had listed with a counter clash listed as CCL(T1)-50c-1983P-01. It was matching the photos, but there seemed to be additional clashing.

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Articles in the March/April 2020 Issue of CONECA’s ErrorScope include:

Nominations Sought
For the 2020 Hall of Fame
By JC Stevens

Each year, one CONECA member may be inducted into the CONECA Hall of Fame. Any CONECA member in good standing may nominate a member for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Last year Xan Chamberlain was the 2019 inductee into the CONECA Hall of Fame. He joins twenty three CONECA members who have been voted into the Hall of Fame over the last 32 years for their accomplishments, dedicated service, and achievements directly connected to the field of numismatic errors and varieties.

See a list of Hall of Fame Inductees HERE

A list of members who are eligible for the CONECA 2020 Hall of Fame Award are listed below in alphabetical order. The list may not be complete, so if you know another member that you qualifies and who is not listed, please let us know by sending his or her name to JC Stevens at JCStevens43@gmail.com

Any CONECA member in good standing may nominate a member for induction into the Hall of Fame. Here’s how to do it!

Select a person who has been a CONECA member for 10 or more years and who qualifies in either the “Life Service Achievement” or “Educator/Researcher” classification. (see below)
Send his/her name to JC Stevens at JCStevens43@gmail.com, by May 1, 2020.

The “Life Service Achievement” – Reflects the culmination of a career of dedicated service to CONECA in the field of numismatic errors and varieties and not merely recognition of the candidate’s current level of achievement. The candidate must possess at least three (3) of the following criteria to qualify under this classification:
1. Has been awarded the Dr. Lyndon King Award for outstanding member of the year.
2. Has received three (3) different types of CONECA Literary Awards or has had articles published in Errorscope for five (5) different years.
3. Has received either type of Cherrypickers’ Award.
4. Has received a Kenny Knapp Membership Recruitment Award.
5. Has served two terms as a CONECA officer or member of the Board of Directors.
6. Has served as an official CONECA appointee (Librarian, Auctioneer, Examiner, Attributer, etc.) for at least two (2) years.

The “Educator/Researcher” – Reflects achieving prominence or acquiring a personal identification within the field of numismatic errors and varieties. The contributions to the error/variety hobby must be of an enduring nature and not merely recognition of the candidate’s current level of achievement. The candidate must possess at least three (3) of the following criteria to qualify under this classification:
1. Has taught a full term Error/Variety course for the ANA Summer Seminar.
. Has presented a Numismatic Theatre Seminar for the ANA on errors or varieties.
3. Has written and published an original research book or web site on errors or varieties.
4. Has served as a CONECA examiner or attributer for at least five (5) years.
5. Has an extensive portfolio of published articles on errors or varieties in the Numismatic Press, but primarily in Errorscope.
6. Has won first place in the ANA Exhibit Class 17 for errors and varieties.

The Recognitions Chair will review all nominations and pare the list down to no more than three qualified nominees. The CONECA Officers and Board of Directors will vote, and one candidate will be chosen for induction into the CONECA Hall of Fame.

Everything Is Not What It Seems To Be
By Bill Fivaz, NLG
The Scene: Metropolitan Coin Club Meeting,
Atlanta, GA
The Time: Saturday, March 2, 2019
The Subject: Incredible Multi-struck Lincoln Cent

Sitting at my mini-bourse table at a recent coin club meeting, a young man approached and said he had been referred to me by another club member. He said he had a coin that he thought “was something special”. Danny explained that he had purchased the coin (in a plastic key ring) at the souvenir shop at the U.S. Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C. He noticed that it just “didn’t look right” and asked me what I thought. …

Clipped/Incomplete Planchet Mint Error
Washington Quarters
By Denny Polly1(9)XX-D Silver Washington 10% Ragged Clip @ K-6 Obverse

One of my favorite mint error coin types is “Struck on Clipped Planchet Mint Error Coins”. These are also more recently being called “Struck on Incomplete Planchet Mint Errors” and that is the more accurate technical description.

1882 O/S Morgan Dollar VAM 5
by John Cava

The Morgan Dollar minted from 1878 to 1921 is arguably the most popular series collected after the Lincoln Cent. Although putting together a complete set, regardless of grade, can be an expensive venture, there are many ways to collect within the Morgan series. One-a-year is popular, collecting a specific mintmark is popular, and collecting one of each mintmark is also popular. I am going to introduce you to yet another way of collecting Morgans that can be loads of fun while warming your error and variety loving hearts. This is the Morgan Dollar VAM Top 100 collection.

A Happy Holiday Find
By Chris Corwin


Most of us who collect coins have had the experience of a family member asking us to look at their collection and provide an opinion on value. Often, they are disappointed to hear their years of collecting didn’t aren’t going to make them wealthy. This isn’t a particularly pleasant experience for all involved. But a recent experience I had confirms we should all have faith. …

Education + Interest = YNs Receiving
CONECA Memberships
By Bob Mellor

Left to right – Feltner, Carroll, Mellor, Colley with Brendan Carroll holding his copy of ErrorScope.

What better way to spend an October weekend than to engage in the hobby you enjoy, and learn alongside others who share your passion. That’s exactly what 22 adult and 3 Young Numismatist (YN) students did in Port St. Lucie Florida for two full days of instruction on the “Fundamentals of Coin Grading”, sponsored by the Treasure Coast Coin Club of Fort Pierce, Florida.

Treasures Among Treasure
New RPM 1934 D Washington Quarter Combination with DDO
by Dr. Ron Brown

1934 D 25c RPM-001

I recently was given a 1934 D Washington Quarter to attribute for a friend. It was clear that it was ODV-002 with DDO-002 in a LDS but not with RPM-001 or RPM-002 but another yet listed by CONECA.

Cuve’s Error-Variety-Clash Round Up 8
By Jason Cuvelier


Like usual, I will be focusing on a mix of clashes, doubled dies and other die maladies. To start, below is a strong clashed dies with slightly greater than 5% misalignment (there is also some slight rotation and possibly some tilt). Naked eye obvious, this is one of the strongest Lincoln clashes I have encountered. I am including an overlay and detail shots. The struck coin has no misalignment or rotation and shows no abrasion, the steps from the clash to struck coin would seem unusual, could a struck example exist that is shows a similar misalignment and clash?

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CONECA members wishing to receive a login username and password to access the Errorscope Online Members Only area, please email the Membership Coordinator, Maria Rickert – Kittell at the address listed above. A valid email address on file with CONECA is required for access to current and back issues of the Errorscope online.

Articles in the January/February 2020 Issue of CONECA’s ErrorScope include:

Tiny, Copper, and As Beat Up As Possible?
By Mark Benvenuto

For those of us who avidly look for error coins, what are now considered medieval coins can be both a blessing and a curse.

Clipped/Incomplete Planchet Mint Error
Jefferson Nickels
By Denny Polly

One of my favorite mint error coin types is “Struck on Clipped Planchet Mint Error Coins”. These are also more recently being called “Struck on Incomplete Planchet Mint Errors” and that is the more accurate technical description.


1964-D Jefferson 5 Clips Including Two Sets of Overlapping Clips

PAN Show’s VAM-4 Find


The last two issues of ErrorScope have included articles by Mr. John Cava about a pair of Peace Dollar VAMS in his collection. Since I am also a Peace Dollar collector, I decided to take up Mr. Cava’s challenge and see if I could find VAMs in my own modest collection.

A Rundown of 2009 DDR Varieties
By Jude Arnold

FS-01-2009-808

CONECA Announces the 2020 Literary Awards Program

Treasures Among Treasure
1968 D Lincoln Cent – The Rare Doubled Die Reverse
by Dr. Ron Brown

I was recently asked why I title my articles “Treasures among Treasure”. As you likely already surmised, I like describing coins I have attributed or own (with very rare exception) often found from within my coin accumulations – if you will, a treasure hunt within my already accumulated treasures – thus, “Treasures among Treasure”. In so doing, I hope to encourage others to make sure that they too have examined their coins for varieties and hopefully find a treasure.

Close-up of the notching of the T in states

Young Numismatists Program
by Logan Wostyn

Cuve’s Error-Variety-Clash Round Up 7
By Jason Cuvelier

As much as you would expect a state sponsored Mint to employ reasonable quality control measures, you have to love when they don not and things go wrong in a dramatic way. In the past I have been showcasing some nice doubled dies from Brazil, India, Columbia the U.S. and Britain. I have recently been able to track down a number of nicer doubled dies from Malaysia and will be periodically showcasing some of them.

2007 Malaysia 10 SEN DDR

I am happy to include another member find from CONECA member Zeppo Young who sent in a
2016 North Dakota ATB Quarter. I was able to add it the files on MadDieClashes.com as 2016 ADC-25c-2016-01-RO (or ADC-2016-01 shortened). On the reverse we RTY clashed in the stream as well as OD above the saddle behind Roosevelt.

2016 Washington Quarter (ATB) ADC-25c-2016-01-RO

Below is another submission, this is from CONECA member Robert Umbarger, which is an 1883O
Morgan clashed dies that I identified as being Vam-14.

Lastly this is issue I have acquired the plate coin for ADC-1c-1960D-01(LD) which also happens to
have RPM-099 in something closer to MDS. There is no current stage information in the CONECA files for this stage, coupled with a hit on the mintmark, it was not easy to verify the RPM attribution. Coupled with the time to make an overlay to check for MM position, it took some additional time to light it in a way that I could compare details and convince myself that the attribution was indeed correct. Detail shots of the RPM and die clashing are below.

1960D Lincoln Cent RPM-099 & ADC-1c-1960D-01(LD)

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