Unusual shifted cap strike
- This cent was struck through a shifted, late-stage die cap:
I don't see any evidence that this coin was struck more than once.
The presence of normally oriented incuse design elements is typical
of such errors, as is the crescentic "zone of collapse" next to it.
This zone, marked by closely spaced curved lines, represents the
collapsed wall of the die cap.
One thing that is decidedly odd about this coin is that beyond the
zone of collapse, the coin's surface is still struck through. You
typically see die-struck metal beyond the zone of collapse.
Perhaps the pattern of collapse was unusual, or perhaps another blank
inserted itself between die and the dislodged cap. Hard to say.
- Here's an unusual shifted cap strike that seems to have slipped
beneath the radar:
The coin was probably struck through a shifted and rotated late-stage
die cap or perhaps a detached cap bottom. Other possibilities of
course exist, such as a split-after-strike composite copper-and-
The usual normally-oriented incuse design elements are present as
represented by Lincoln's bust and IN GOD WE TRUST. However, the date
appears to show close, raised doubling that is out of register with
the incuse elements. This is a very uncommon secondary effect that
I've seen in only two other shifted/rotated cap strikes. I still
don't have an explanation, but I continue to hope that additional
specimens may provide the answer.
There are several other unexplained forms of raised doubling seen in
shifted cap strikes and that also beg explanation. But that, as they
say, is another story.