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Mercury Dime Question

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I have a 1945 Mercury Dime. It is raw, circulated. Looks to be a F to VF grade. I noticed the "45" in the date seems to be "ghost stamped", meaning these numbers do not appear to be raised when stamped, they look very faded. They are not really worn, since the "19" is not worn at all and looks well-stamped.


Has anyone seen this before?



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It sounds like you might have what is called a "grease-filled die" error.


Grease is used to lubricate the coin presses; every so often it builds up on the dies, filling in part of the details enough to make them faint or eradicate them entirely.


Some collectors find them interesting, but they don't bring a premium.

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