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Interesting cent struck 5 times

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  • Mike Diamond
    This quintuple-struck cent is interesting from a number of standpoints: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8429122402 The pattern of the five
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 5, 2006
      This quintuple-struck cent is interesting from a number of
      standpoints:

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8429122402

      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,
      unfortunately.
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