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What do you call a coin with an indentation made by the mint?

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A coin that has a faulty indentation made by the mint is called a brockage coin. A brockage coin occurs when a blank coin is inserted into the die, but not properly ejected. The coin is pressed again, but is either off center or has a second coin interfering.

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Issues with brockage have occurred since ancient times. Examples of it can be found in early Greek and Roman coins. A brockage may increase the collectible value of a coin. The most sought after are coins that have a perfectly centered mirror image of the coin's opposite side. Increased mechanization in the minting process may have increased the frequency with which brockage now occurs.

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