Click to enlargeDoublestruck J669/P745

The following off-metal indian cent is doublestruck with the second strike 95% off-center. It has been analyzed and found to be 81% copper, 18% nickel, and 1% iron. The finding of this piece, makes it likely that all examples of J669/P745 are actually mint errors struck on leftover copper-nickel stock. The coin is in graded PCGSMS60 but, regrettably, the weight is not given.

Apparently, the piece is ex Kosoff-58 ANA lot 398, Numismatics LTD Spring 1983 FPL, it has more recently been offered in Heritage January 2010 FUN, and Bowers & Merena's 3/2010 sales. There is a strong possibility that this coin was earlier in the Col Green collection as one described as "Unc, but misstruck. The only pattern misstruck we have ever seen" appears in the Newman-Johnson inventory of their Col Green purchases as well as in a June 24, 1943 invoice to F.C.C. Boyd. Another from Morgenthau's 5/35 sale is listed as struck without collar, ie a broadstruck mint error.

Photo courtesy of Rick Snow.