Yeah, that broadstruck half dollar does have a peculiar looking
periphery. Perhaps the planchet was damaged before the strike? It's
hard to tell. Did you place a bid on it?
It does seem to be the case that nicknames are making a roaring
comeback in the error hobby. I had hoped I'd seen the last
of "spiked heads", "cracked skulls", and "Bugs Bunny teeth". But now
we've got "extra leaves", "speared bison", "wounded eagles", and so
on ad infinitum. Some of these are interesting examples of die
damage to be sure, but applying nicknames to them simply obscures
their nature. The only thing we can do is watch with bemusement as
the hucksters milk each error for all its worth.
As far as eBay goes, it's always been a minefield. The only defense
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> Last week (message #7833 and after) discussed a broadstruck quarter
> with very unusual uneven rims. Here's the link again:
> I suggested that you could make such a coin by placing it between 2
> open ended pieces of pipe and tapping on them to flatten the rim
> not touch the design.
> I have since seen another strange rim type, this time listed in
> Coins (formerly Len's) auction #7 ending today. It is pictured in
> catalog, lot #145, but the page is missing from the online photos
> I cannot provide that link. Instead, I added the picture of the
> catalog picture (a digital of a digital) to Photos -> Fakes -> last
> The auction description is:
> "#145 1989 P HALF LGE CENTERED BROADSTRIKE THEN SOME SMART??
> TRIED TO BEAT IT DOWN TO SIZE UNC MB $3.95"
> It's strange what some people come up with. The eBay pages have
> turned into, in many respects, a theater of listings the absurd.
> There must be 20 different very minor $.99 (die chip and grease
> struck-throughs) California quarter error types alone! Then there's
> the altered junk that are sometimes mentioned in this forum, let
> alone the stuff that's so weird that we just ignore it. It's not
> for our hobby. We recently saw a faked error got for over %150 and
> other members posted the robbery.
> I need new software... an eBay error-coin junk filter. I wonder if
> AOL has one to go with their top package?
> And, as for the eBay US error listings, things were so much nicer
> (and honest) even only 1 year ago.