Have you ever found a coin in change that is missing part of the design or any of the lettering? Did you wonder what sort of error or variety this might be?
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Something is Missing on My Coin: Filled Die Errors
Filled die or grease filled die errors are actually very common and occur more frequently than you might expect. These errors occur when part of a coin’s design is obscured by grease or other foreign matter on the die’s surface. The rest of the coin strikes up, but a selected section does not.
This could be just one numeral (such as the “1” in the date 1985) or just one letter (such as the “Y” in LIBERTY on a Lincoln Cent.) Other times, more of the coin’s surface is affected, covering a greater portion of the design or legends.
Error Coin Value Depends on Rarity
While fascinating to look at, grease fill or filled die errors are unfortunately common enough that they typically hold little value unless they are very severe. Dirt, debris, or grease can fill the recesses of a die, which in turn does not allow the design to strike up properly. Given this interruption, the metal from the planchet (coin blank) is not able to flow normally and does not become fully impressed. This issue usually only lasts for a couple of coins before the foreign matter becomes dispersed or dislodged, returning the die to normal function.
What are Error Coins Worth?
Very extreme examples can carry a premium, however. When much of the die is obscured, these coins can be appealing to error and variety collectors. Here are two examples that have sold at a premium at auction:
On the other hand, here is an example of a filled die error that is not dramatic enough to be particularly valuable. The “1” in the date is partially obscured: 1863 1C — Minor Filled Die At “1” in Date — MS62 PCGS
How to Sell Your Error Coin
If you find a minor filled die error such as the Indian Cent shown above, it is likely just a fun curiosity. However, let us know if you discover a very dramatic piece! You never know what you might find if you carefully check your coins. Find the value of your error coin online.
Bid on error coins online at Heritage Auctions.