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1999 US 5 cent coin

Started by Martyn, June 28, 2011, 07:06:04 AM

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Seeking advice -

I am a (New Zealand) amateur coin & bank note collector.

I have a 1999 US 5 cent coin.  In the word Monticello the first 'o' is missing =  M ONTICELLO.

I would be interested to know why this is.  There is no apparent marking on the coin that would suggest the letter 'O' has been deliberately removed.

Thank you

Martyn Turner

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Hello Martyn. Welcome to World of Coins.

It is probably helpful if you can post a picture of the coin and an enlargement of the faulty area.

If I understand you correctly, there is a space for the missing O, but there's nothing there. The first thing that comes to mind without a picture is an improperly cleaned die. If some dirt stuck in the O, using the die to strike coins will have the effect of compacting the dirt into a mass that will grow as it attracts more dirt. In the end, the design element (the O in your case), will be completely filled, though most of the time, a very faint image is still visible. The technical term for this is "filled die".

If this is the case with your coin, this would be a minor error. It would be of interest mostly to US collectors.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.