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Sun: by appointment only
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Error Coin Questions?

Do you have a coin that looks like it might be an error and you don't know how it could have happened? For a robust discussion of your error coins and to learn more, I recommend posting well-focused pictures of your error coins on the following online forum dedicated exclusively to discussing mint errors: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/errorcoininformationexchange/

Another place that you can post photos and engage in discussion about error coins is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1404131066535437/

Be sure to post specific questions and state what you think the error is. Please do NOT send such questions to jimscoins@sbcglobal.net. That email is for buy/sell business for the store, and not general error questions. I want to encourage the use of the discussion board, where numerous people can enjoy and take part.

Here is a glossary of mint errors that shows many types and gives detailed descriptions of how they occur: http://jimscoins.com/error_coin_examples.php

Here is a link that gives examples of just about every type of mint error and also explains some types of damage that may cause a coin to look as if it was a mint error: http://www.error-ref.com/

Here is a link that explains the difference between valuable die errors such as doubled dies, and other forms of doubling that are more common and not valuable such as "machine doubling" or "strike doubling": http://jimscoins.com/downloads/Strike%20Doubling%20Flyer.pdf

I also recommend buying the book "Strike It Rich With Pocket Change" by Ken Potter. That is a great reference on how to find valuable error and variety coins and distinguish them from more common errors and damage. World's Greatest Mint Errors by Mike Byers and 100 Greatest Errors are also interesting books about errors and the minting process.

I also recommend joining CONECA, the national error coin club: http://www.conecaonline.org/ (be sure to mention Jim Essence recommended you).

Here is a great free online magazine dedicated to mint errors: http://www.minterrornews.com

From these groups you will learn a lot and meet other error enthusiasts.

Best wishes and have fun!

Jim Essence

Jim's Coins and Precious Metals


James Essence

Jim's Coins and Stamps
Located in the Lower Level of Hilldale Shopping Center
726 N. Midvale Blvd. B-2
Madison, WI 53705
Store: (608) 233-2118     Fax: (608) 233-0175
Email: jimscoins@sbcglobal.net
Store Hours: M-F 9:00am - 6:00pm, Sat 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sun: by appointment only

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