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2001P Jefferson

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This, odd as it may be, looks more like an artifact of haloing, which is common on Jeff nickels. This occurs in middle and late die state coins where the obverse or reverse, or both, begin to show a highly polished appearance surrounding either Jefferson or Monticello. This is most often accompanied by heavy die flow lines surrounding the haloes. I believe that the central die deterioration is giving you the odd effect.


If what you are saying is an impression of Jefferson, then it is very likely that the obverse would show an impression of Monticello. This would be due to clashed dies, where they struck one another when no coin blank was in the striking chamber of the press. This leaves sharp impressions of portions of devices from each side on the opposite. Clashed dies are common errors, especially in older coining processes (thus seen quite commonly on older coins). When the entire effigy of the opposite side of the coin shows in the case of a clash, then it's a fairly collectable piece, as that degree of clashing is uncommon. I simply don't think that's what's up with your coin, but keep looking. Check out bust half dollars for some dramatic clashes.



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