“To err is human” – that’s probably the most
widely used appeal for forgiveness by people
when a mistake is made. For perfectionists,
it’s an imperfect world of frustrating
mistakes, wherein they demand precision. For
others, mistakes are to be treasured,
especially when you’re talking about
collecting error coins.
The modern world is
full of collectors. You can find absurd
collections of unique and sometimes weird
things. In the world of coin collecting,
finding the most distinct and perfect-looking
error coins is a specialized goal.
If you are new to coin collecting or just
becoming interested in error coins, it might
help to know a few things about error coins.
For starters, there are three types of error
coins – the mis-struck coins or usually
referred to as mis-strikes, die errors and
Of these three error coins, the mis-strikes
are the most popular. Mis-struck coins happen
when coins are not properly pressed. You will
notice that the captions and the images are
misaligned. One form of mis-stricken error
coins are the brockages. These are good
subjects for coin collecting error coins.
When a coin does not get expelled from a
press, a brockage coin is made. Instead of the
original die impressing a raw coin, the
unejected coin will act as the die thus
creating a dull and imperfect mirrored cast on
the coin. The effect is a sunken cast rather
than raised. In some cases, coins get partial
brockage. Although it’s nice to engage in coin
collecting error coins, brockages are not
sometimes unique. Since brockages happen by
accident, there might probably be identical
cases of brockage coins. It’s the rarity of
the case though that makes brockage coins a
The off-center error coin is another form
of mis-strikes. These odd-looking coins are
characterized by the misalignment of the die.
Not all off-centers though are desirable for
collecting, so make sure to look for
off-centered coins which still bear the date
or at least half of the whole die.
Double-strikes are also great for
collecting error coins. Double-strikes happen
when a coin is struck by the press twice
leaving a secondary cast with a preferred
visibility of at most 50% of the coin. Like
the off-center error coins, coin collecting
error double-stricken coins with the date
shown is most favored.
Whatever type of mis-strikes you choose,
collecting error coins is definitely fun.
Coins are like permanent stamps of historical
records. Even more so with error coins,
they’re rare reminders that machines, like
humans, also make mistakes.