Damage or a true error?

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Got this in change last weekend and have been trying to assess whether it is a real error from the mint or some sort of disproportionate wear.

It's a 2015 Rosie, and the obverse and reverse are pictured below. Any advice on the cause of the reverse would be appreciated. If it is a mint error, any idea of a range of value?

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I'm just guessing but with that mark on the back, my first thought was "cufflink".

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But the wear on this dime doesn't reflect anything in the pics of the cufflinks you posted, Matt. ???

Post mint damage. Probably a kid playing around with a sander, or similar.
 
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I agree with DCM. You can buy "cufflink blanks" that are made specifically for coins. This looks like it was super-glued into one of those and fell out.

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But the wear on this dime doesn't reflect anything in the pics of the cufflinks you posted, Matt. ???

Post mint damage. Probably a kid playing around with a sander, or similar.

I couldn't find any pictures of deconstructed cufflinks or cufflink parts.

My reasoning is that the back was smoothed so it would fasten better in the mounting. The mark on the back is where the glue or whatever was use to fasten the coin pulled the silver away from the copper core.

But, as I said, I'm only guessing...

The pic I posted was simply to show that someone out there is making cufflinks out of modern dimes.
 
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I've seen some of your ID's Matt and am amazed at your knowledge! You could very well be right, but actually, if you think about it, a rougher surface adheres better than a smooth one. Ever glued tile to a wall, or ceiling? There's a reason they put all the lines on the back.
Thinking again, if the dime is too thick to fit properly in the frame of the cuff link...idk.

I do know, or am 99.99% sure, that the damage is post mint.
 
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I greatly appreciate the feedback and thoughts! I'm not an error collector, but it caught my eye and I had hopes it was something interesting -- which I guess it still is. 8-)

Thanks again mates! :skullflag:
 
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Well, selfishly, regardless of what it is, it reminded me that I had a cufflink that someone gave me with an Indian head penny in it. I would have never thought of it again, especially since I lost the mate. It was easy to pluck out because it was only held in by clips. Now I have a pretty decent 1906 IH to add to my collection!

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Might be a long shot but.....I saw something like that a few years ago that came out of an escalator that was down for maintenance....lots of coins...some were worn and damaged from being caught underneath.
 
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I've seen some of your ID's Matt and am amazed at your knowledge! You could very well be right, but actually, if you think about it, a rougher surface adheres better than a smooth one. Ever glued tile to a wall, or ceiling? There's a reason they put all the lines on the back.
Thinking again, if the dime is too thick to fit properly in the frame of the cuff link...idk.

I do know, or am 99.99% sure, that the damage is post mint.

Excellent points, all. I don't know either.

You've been around here long enough to know that's how the ID's work sometimes. Someone tosses an idea out there and we consider it. That stimulates critical thinking and someone else posts a different theory or makes observations about the item to confirm or reject to original idea. And so on, and so on... until we figure it out.
 
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With no rim, I say it's extreme wear.
 
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Does it weigh the same as a regular dime or is it light because of missing metal?
 
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Damage or a true error?

It could be both. If it were struck without the clad on the reverse and made its way into circulation, it would explain why the wear on the back is more extreme that the wear on the obverse.
 
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Actually, no, Mud Hut. That doesn't make any sense at all. If the wear was from circulation, there would still be a rim on the reverse. The "clad" is there on the reverse. If it wasn't, the entire back would be copper colored. The back of this con has been sanded down. It weighs less than a dime, guaranteed.
 
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Actually, no, Mud Hut. That doesn't make any sense at all. If the wear was from circulation, there would still be a rim on the reverse. The "clad" is there on the reverse. If it wasn't, the entire back would be copper colored. The back of this con has been sanded down. It weighs less than a dime, guaranteed.


Thanks for setting me straight.
 
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