Posted by JeffK on January 03, 2006 at 17:05:28:
In Reply to: misstamped dime/worth posted by Carol on January 02, 2006 at 20:18:57:
You probably have an off-center strike (this must be a big day - yours is the second post!) The coin blank wasn't centered in the press so the die did not strike a full image.
The value of an off-center strike varies by how much of the image is visible. Assuming this is a clad dime (more below) it might be worth $10 to $15 but you would have to take it to a dealer who specializes in errors to have it accurately appraised.
To clear up any confusion, assuming the coin shows a standard copper edge, the silver-colored metal is actually a cupronickel alloy. Silver was removed from dimes back in 1965. If you can't see the copper edge you may have an old silver dime - in that case you're lucky since it could easily be worth triple the price of a clad coin.
Second, the terms normally used to describe how coins are made is "struck" or "minted". Even though "stamping" is effectively the same thing, for some reason that term isn't used for coin production. (??)
: I have a misstamped dime--3/4ths of it is clear (no imprint) silver metal--a fourth is stamped to the point that you recognize that it is a dime but you cannot tell a date. What might this be worth?
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