Dime-struck-on-nail, wrong planchet cents among Heritage FUN sale highlights

Lincolns include bronze 1943, 1943-S and zinc-coated steel 1944, 1944-S issues
By , Coin World
Published : 12/15/15
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An undated Roosevelt dime struck on a 6-penny nail and Lincoln cents struck by the U.S. Mint on the wrong planchets during World War II are among the coins to be offered by Heritage Auctions during the firm's Jan. 6 to 11 sale.

The auction is being held in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists convention at the Tampa Convention Center.

Featured during its Jan. 7 Platinum Night session of numismatic rarities are a bronze 1943 Lincoln cent, graded Professional Coin Grading Service Secure About Uncirculated 58 and stickered by Certified Acceptance Corp.; a PCGS Secure AU-55 bronze 1943-S Lincoln cent; and a number of zinc-coated steel 1944 Lincoln cents, the finest example offered being graded PCGS Secure Mint State 64; and a PCGS MS-66 Secure 1944-S zinc-coated steel cent.

The Roosevelt dime struck on a nail is slated for sale during the 1 p.m. Jan. 6 session.

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Struck nail

The undated Roosevelt dime struck on a 6-penny zinc nail is graded and encapsulated MS-65 by PCGS. The auction lot description suggests, "This zinc-coated sixpenny nail found its way into the coinage production line during the minting of Roosevelt dimes, and apparently escaped through normal distribution channels."

Since there is no date area or hint of a Mint mark in the portions of the obverse and reverse of the Roosevelt dime present, it's difficult to determine if the nail was struck before the advent of clad coinage in 1965 or after that date, or at what Mint facility.

Whether shipped to the Federal Reserve Banks or contracted coin terminals for final counting and delivery to participating financial institutions, struck coins would still have had to pass through counting machinery, or likely caught in a coinage press. Depending on the time frame of the dime on nail production, it could have been struck on a press outfitted with two die pairs, four die pairs, or the current single die pair.

There are also likely other dimes that were distributed into the circulation pipeline struck from the dies that would have been damaged from having been impressed with portions of the nail.

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