Top 11 Rare Nickel Errors Still Circulating

Apr 04, 2024

One of the most sought-after nickel errors, the doubled die obverse occurs when the design is doubled during the minting process.

1. Doubled Die Obverse

Off-center strikes happen when the coin is not properly aligned with the dies, resulting in an off-centered design.

2. Off-Center Strikes

Clipped planchets occur when a piece of the coin's metal is missing due to an error during the blanking process.

3. Clipped Planchets

Repunched mint marks are caused when the mint mark is punched more than once, resulting in a double or triple image.

4. Repunched Mint Marks

Broad strikes happen when the coin is not properly placed within the collar during the striking process, resulting in a wider and more spread-out design.

5. Broad Strikes

Die cracks are cracks that occur on the dies used to strike the coins, resulting in unique patterns on the coin's surface.

6. Die Cracks

Filled dies happen when debris or grease gets stuck in the die, causing parts of the design to be missing or filled.

7. Filled Dies

Cuds are areas on the coin where part of the die has broken off, leaving a raised blob of metal on the surface.

8. Cuds

Strike-through errors occur when foreign objects, such as grease or cloth, get stuck between the dies and the planchet during the striking process.

9. Strike-Through Errors

Brockage errors happen when a previously struck coin becomes stuck to the die and leaves an incuse impression on the next coin.

10. Brockage Errors

Machine doubling occurs when the design is mechanically doubled after the minting process, resulting in a flattened and distorted appearance.

11. Machine Doubling