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    Uncertified 1876-CC Dime, Struck on the Wrong Planchet, AU 58. 1.99 grams. This remarkable Carson City dime was struck on a copper-nickel three-cent planchet. It is very close to the standards of weight and size for both the three-cent nickel and Seated dime. The standard weight for a three-cent nickel is 1.94 grams and this piece is very close at 1.99 grams. The standard dime planchet of this era was 17.9 mm. and this one is just a touch less at 17.8 mm. Since the thinner planchet did not contain enough metal to fill all the recesses of the dies, the strike is very weak near the rims with a poorly defined obverse legend and wreath on the reverse. The CC is bold, both Cs are closed and the right one is higher than the left. The obverse and reverse have a medallic alignment, not common to any regular issue coin of the period.
    This fascinating mint error poses several puzzling questions. No copper-nickel coins were struck in Carson City. While the silver and gold dies were made in Philadelphia, the mintmarks were normally punched into them in the branch mint at which they were used. To make this amazing coin possible, we must conclude that either a three-cent planchet found its way to Nevada, or that this mintmark was place on the die in the Philadelphia mint before the dies were shipped west. In either event, this is the only wrong-metal error we have heard of from this popular western mint, and thus is of the greatest interest to both Carson City specialists and error collectors. Moreover, it is a challenging research project for the determined numismatist. R-8, and probably unique. (PCGS# 10369)


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    Jul-Aug, 1993
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