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Useful Article to help you avoid fake Curved Clips

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We've been receiving a greater number of fake curved clips for certification than usual. Many are coins dated 2004 and 2005. David Camire, President of NCS and acknowledged error coin expert, has compiled some great photos and notes to help you spot the genuine article. It's a quick read that's highly recommended:


Curved Clip Coins

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In addition to the cut and tear visible inside all punched clips there should also be a "smear" in the case of clad coins. The upper blanking die will smear the copper nickel upper layer of the strip across the copper core. This can be in the opposite direction as the smear on the rest of the coin.


The weakness opposite the clip is usually pretty apparent even on small clips but I'm told that this "Blakesly effect" isn't always present. I've yet to see one without it but I'm not extremely familiar with errors and the like.

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