1969 half dollar and 1964 nickel errors?
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I have 2 coins that I think are mint errors but not sure. I was going to send them for grading but not sure it is worth it. 

Can anyone advise?

Thank you

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They're not. The first looks to me like a dryer coin. Second, not sure, but there is no reason to believe they left the mints that way. The good news is the Kennedy is part silver, so don't just spend it.

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Both appear to be dryer coins or possibly spooned.   Here is a link that explain what a dryer coin is, spooned coins look very similar to a dryer coin.   And as the name implies this effect can be done by lightly tapping the edge of a coin with a spoon, rotate and tap again rinse and repeat a whole bunch of times and you get a coin with a very wide rim that seems very close to the letters.

Dryer coin

Also when discussing error coins, (or possible error coins) it is very helpful if you can provide an exact weight and dimensions to help answer your questions.

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On 5/31/2022 at 4:08 PM, $tarCollector said:

What I seem to notice is a copper edge on the 1969 Kennedy Half, when it should be COMPLETELY silver-colored on the edge.

Why?

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On 5/31/2022 at 5:26 PM, VKurtB said:

Why?

I was going to ask that same question?

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On 5/31/2022 at 5:08 PM, $tarCollector said:

What I seem to notice is a copper edge on the 1969 Kennedy Half, when it should be COMPLETELY silver-colored on the edge.

The 65-70 Kennedy halves are made from a 3 layer clad "sandwich".  The outer layers are 80% silver and 20% copper while the core is 21.5% silver and 78.5% copper

 

Although it's not as pronounced has the later base metal clad composition, it's not unusual to see the differentiation of the layers, particularly on circulated coins.

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Well, the inner layer is 20.9% silver and 79.1% copper. It’s all about the accuracy. 

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On 5/30/2022 at 10:41 PM, Fancy82 said:

I have 2 coins that I think are mint errors but not sure. I was going to send them for grading but not sure it is worth it. 

Can anyone advise?

Thank you

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You win! You checked in here and avoided wasting a lot of money. 

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On 5/31/2022 at 4:32 PM, Oldhoopster said:

 the core is 21.5% silver and 78.5% copper

 

 

These are the figures given in the Coin World Almanac and on the website Sprucecrafts.

On 5/31/2022 at 5:11 PM, VKurtB said:

Well, the inner layer is 20.9% silver and 79.1% copper. 

These are the figures given in the Redbook.

 

I wonder why there is a difference. (shrug)

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On 6/2/2022 at 12:17 AM, Just Bob said:

These are the figures given in the Coin World Almanac and on the website Sprucecrafts.

These are the figures given in the Redbook.

 

I wonder why there is a difference. (shrug)

I have the sprucecraft site bookmarked for weights, tolerances, and comps.  I checked and the Redbook does give the different composition.  Coin World Almanac and Redbook are both credible, so I'm at a loss as well

Locked in the dark and far off corner of my mind, I seem to remember that @DWLange my have been associated with the CW Almanac or maybe it was @CaptHenway

Or somebody else

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Locked in the dark and far off corner of my mind, I seem to remember that @DWLange my have been associated with the CW Almanac or maybe it was @CaptHenway

That was the Cap'n, Tom DeLorey. Coin World Almanac is an excellent reference book, and I still use my 2000 edition, which I believe was the last one published.

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