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1964 Dime

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:43 am
by Baldr
Has anyone ever come across a 1964 dime with a smooth edge and has different dimensions than called for in the original specs. It is 17.21mm in diameter and 1.78mm in thickness. originally I thought it was excessive wear on the edge but the unusual thickness makes me think otherwise. Comments?
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LooRe: 1964 Dime

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:22 am
by coinguy
Looks like a dryer coin.

Re: 1964 Dime

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:21 am
by Baldr
Thanks coinguy! Being new to coin collecting I had no idea this was a common thing. Now that you've responded I see all sorts of references to the term.

Re: 1964 Dime

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:54 am
by coinguy
Yes, they are fairly common.
Usually when someone is doing maintenance on
commercial dryers, they come across them.`
Yours would be an early stage dryer coin.
The longer it stays in the dryer, the smaller it gets.
Their is no extra value to them, but some people collect
them as a novelty.

Re: 1964 Dime

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:04 am
by Richards
Hold on everyone, something's fishy.

The pictured bust of the Queen doesn't nearly match the apparent date on the coin, which may take this out of dryer territory. Correct me if I am wrong Baldr, but the two images side by side at the bottom are just two images of either side of the coin placed together so we can see the whole coin, correct? Not the smooth one next to another for comparison? I would imagine that brings it into counterfeit territory, but who would counterfeit ten cent pieces?

Re: 1964 Dime

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:34 pm
by bushman74
I think you have it right Richards. That Queens head started in 1990

Last year a friend and I thought we had a rare mule. We showed it to a few people. George Manz from Regina showed us it was a fake mule.

Apparently someone had taken two coins, cut them in half and moulded them together. This could be the first part of the mystery for this dime.

Another time I had a 1921 American silver dollar with a strange back on it. It also had a large rounded smooth edge on it. We figure out that a jeweler had put coin and metal together to look as if the back side had not been punched properly then he created a ring which he moulded around the coins to look like it had a smooth edge. A nice piece of workmanship.

Possibly someone shaved two dimes, put them together and added a ring then through it in a dryer.

Over the past few years I seen a few other coins that machinists or jewelers have done some creative work on.

Just a though.