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capped die
An error in which a coin gets stuck on a die and remains stuck for successive strikes. Eventually, the coin forms a "cap" on the die and imparts its image on coins it strikes. When the cap falls off, it usually resembles a small bowl.

cherry picker
A collector who searches for scarce or otherwise valuable coins by searching old collections, hoards, and old stock from dealers. Modern cherry pickers look for coins with errors or slight changes in design caused by differences in the dies used to strike coins.

CONECA
Combined Organization of Numismatic Error Collectors of America

DDO
Double-die obverse when the elements on the front of the coin appear to be doubled. See also double die or error.

DDR
Double-die reverse when the elements on the back of the coin appear to be doubled. See also double die or error.

doubled die
A die that has been struck more than one time by a hub in misaligned positions, resulting in doubling of design elements. See also error.

error
A term that describes numismatic item that has a variation caused a mistake in the striking or printing process.

filled die
A type of error that appears on a coin when a foreign substance, such as grease, fills the elements of a die used to strike coins.

hub
A piece of die steel showing the coinage devices in relief, or raised, as they are on a coin. The hub is pressed into the blank die, resulting in an incused, mirror image on the die. The die is then pressed into a planchet, or coin blank, on a coining press, to produce a coin. See also error.

hub doubling
Refers to the doubling of the elements on a coin that was caused by the hub being pressed more than once into a die in different angles. See also error.

lamination
Lamination is a type of error in the planchet that occurs when a thin layer of the metal splits or peals away from the surface of the coin. See also planchet flaw.

mint error
A coin that that is flawed as a result of a mistake that occurred during its production at the United States Mint. See also error.

mis-struck
Term applied to coins with striking irregularities. See also error.

mule
A mule is a type of mint error that occurs when a coin is struck with two dies that were not intended to be used together. See also error.

multiple-struck
A type of mint error when the coin was struck more than once. A multiple-struck coin can show the design as it is struck in multiple places.

off metal
A type of error that occurs when a coin is struck on a planchet that it is not normally struck, such as striking of a quarter on a planchet that was supposed to be for a nickel.

overstrike
A type of minting error when a coin, token or medal is struck on a previously struck coin, token or medal.

repunched dates
When branch mints needed to use dies from a previous year, the new year would be punched over the old year leaving remnants of the old date on the coin. These are very collectible errors.

rotated dies
A type of mint error caused by the dies not being aligned when striking the coin, token or medal.

strike doubling
An error that appears as doubled elements when a coin is struck more than once. See also error.

toning
A slow, natural and normal process by which a coin oxidizes over a number of years from contact with the environment. Coins that have been naturally toned are not considered errors.

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