Interesting cent struck 5 times
- This quintuple-struck cent is interesting from a number of
The pattern of the five strikes resembles a very common pattern seen
in multi-struck state quarters and a pattern occasionally encountered
in multi-struck nickels. An initial first strike is followed by 2-4
closely spaced strikes that "fan out".
You'll note the coin is bent and damaged on the edge opposite the
strikes. This is not post-strike damage. It is damage that occurs
during the strike. The coin is evidently trapped against an
obstruction (possibly a stuck feed finger) and the coin pivots around
that obstruction, causing the fanning out of the additional strikes.
You see the same kind of dent in the afore-mentioned multi-struck
quarters and nickels.
Although the date of the cent is not preserved, it's clear that it's
recent because it was struck with inverted dies (obverse die as anvil
die). These odd multi-strikes are all struck with inverted dies and,
presumably, are a product of the Schuler press. I would guess the
date is most likely somewhere between 1999 and 2001.
The awful scratches on the obverse are post-strike damage,