Ocean In View Error Nickels
by Chris Williams
Question: I own over 20 sealed boxes of the "2005 Ocean In View" P & D nickels. So I decided to open a few up. I found a few nickels with the "ST" in "Trust" missing. Is that a common error coin? I also pulled a nickel with part of the bottom half missing. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Very nice website.
My Answer: First off, let me say that I am not an expert in error coins, but it does sound like you have found some mint errors.
Sometimes a foreign substance such as dirt, grime or machine grease can get stuck in the die which prevents the metal from getting into all the little crevices that should be letters or numbers on a coin.
This is a relatively common type of stamping error but I cannot tell you how rare it is in the 2005 "Ocean in View" Nickels.
You might check with some of the coin collecting forums. A lot of collectors frequent these forums and you could get a lot of opinions all in one place.
Just do a search for coin collecting forums or choose one of the links below. You will probably have to register before posting on the forums, but membership is usually free. Be sure to upload you photo for best results.
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