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  1. #1
    us
    Apr 2009
    Las Vegas, NV
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    Do I have a copper dime???????

    Hi all,

    I may have an error dime. It is a 1996 p dime and it is mostly copper colored on the back and a little around the edge on the front. I am thinking it might be a copper dime, ie one that doesn't get fully plated. The back is 90% copper colored only some silver on the leaves on the right. I just noticed the thickness is mostly uniform but at one spot it gradually thins a bit. And it is at the thining area there is no seam along the reeded edge but for 80% of the edge there appears to be a seam. I don't remember seeing seems on edges of coins, unless they are fake. I don't have a scale to weigh it (If anyone could suggest one to buy). I've attached some pictures that are missing detail. Anyone want to give their opinions? Does anyone think it is someone who was bored and chemically tried to plate it?
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  2. #2
    us
    Mar 2009
    The Burgh PA
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    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    In my (non-expert) opinion it is post mint damage, sorry I've never seen anything like it

  3. #3
    us
    Apr 2009
    Las Vegas, NV
    44

    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    Thanks for your reply. Following is an auction for a copper dime, I don't know if it is real or not. I also included a picture from the auction. Mine looks very similar but seems a to be a lighter color which may be a negative. But as I've mentioned it also has a seam like two halves were stuck together.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Copper-Wash-Erro...item3a55bd4eb4
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  4. #4
    us
    Mar 2009
    The Burgh PA
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    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    Quote Originally Posted by user244075
    Thanks for your reply. Following is an auction for a copper dime, I don't know if it is real or not. I also included a picture from the auction. Mine looks very similar but seems a to be a lighter color which may be a negative. But as I've mentioned it also has a seam like two halves were stuck together.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Copper-Wash-Erro...item3a55bd4eb4
    Thats very interesting I would like to know more about how this occurs, I have never come across a "Copper Wash"

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    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    If you mix your dimes and pennies in a rock tumbler and run it for a while, you get a similar result.
    Time is nothing, timing is everything.

  6. #6
    us
    Dec 2008
    ARIZONA
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    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    Quote Originally Posted by willie d
    If you mix your dimes and pennies in a rock tumbler and run it for a while, you get a similar result.
    That is correct!

    Cachefinder
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  7. #7
    us
    Feb 2009
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    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    Read this response to a similar question on the following site, true or not I don't know.

    Mike
    USAF Retired

    http://en.allexperts.com/q/Coin-Coll...lored-dime.htm

    You have what is known as an "Unfinished Planchet" or "Missing Clad Layer" error.

    In the minting process, the blank planchets that coins are minted from are cut from long sheets of metal. These sheets are made of copper. One step in the process is to plate the sheets with the silvery-colored copper-nickel alloy that you see on normal coins. Sometimes the sheets do not get completely plated, either on one side or both. Then when the planchets are cut out of the sheet, they will be missing the plating on one side or both. These unfinished planchets will continue undetected, along the mechanized minting process, to the coin press, and have the design stamped into them -- giving you what looks like a normal coin, except for the copper color on one side or both.

    For an illustrated explanation of the minting process, you can go to the U.S. Mint's website :

    http://www.usmint.gov/faqs/circulati...m?action=coins

    This happens more often than you think, because with the billions of coins produced every year, it is impossible to visually inspect every coin, and the mechanical processes to sort out error coins will not detect this error.



    Mike
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  8. #8
    si
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    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    result of a cillit bang.

  9. #9

    Aug 2006
    9

    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    i got handed a 2001 D in some change mistaken as a penny. Back is completely copper. Front is completely normal for a dime.

  10. #10
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    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    What is the weight? It should be 2.27 grams.

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    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    The stuff from the all experts site is correct but does not apply to the original poster's coin. His or Her coin is discolored from something that occurred after the coin left the mint.

  12. #12
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    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    I'll agree with foundinrolls.Post Mint Damage..It looks more of a pink color to me.I've dug a few dimes that were pink in color because of the environment it was in for an extended length of time

  13. #13
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    Re: Do I have a copper dime???????

    Quote Originally Posted by foundinrolls
    The stuff from the all experts site is correct but does not apply to the original poster's coin. His or Her coin is discolored from something that occurred after the coin left the mint.
    I agree. Looks more like it has been subjected to medium heat/fire(and quickly quenched?)
    Possibly with some discoloring associated due to surface contaminants, eg. oil from people's hands, etc. that would result in chemical reactions.
    My best guess...

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