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What Are Die Caps?

A die cap is caused when a struck coin sticks to the upper hammer die. Once the coin is stuck to the die face, the reverse of the struck coin becomes the new die face. When the next blank is fed into the collar and the strike occurs, the reverse design of the adhered struck coin impresses itself into the new blank. This struck coin is a brockage strike. The coin that adhered to the upper die is known as a die cap. This process repeats itself as more coins are struck by the cap. The greater the number of strikes, the higher the cap metal will be pushed around the upper die shaft. Eventually, the cap brakes away from the die in the shape of a thimble.

1862 Indian Head Cent - Deep Obverse Die Cap - PCGS MS 62













Pair of Indian Head Cent Die Caps - Obverse & Reverse - PCGS MS 64


















2 Piece - Reverse Die Cap / Brockage Obverse - PCGS MS 64 BN











1864 2 Obverse Die Cap Mated With Brockage - PCGS MS 62












Pair of Barber Dime Die Caps -Obverse and Reverse - PCGS AU 55 UNIQUE









1865 2 Deep Obverse Die Cap - Brockage Reverse - PCGS MS 64 RB









1895-O Barber Dime - Obverse Die Cap - PCGS MS 64









1898 Barber Quarter - Obverse Die Cap & Brockage - PCGS MS 62











1999-P SBA Dollar - Reverse Die Cap - PCGS MS 65









1978 Canadian Two Tailed Cent Die Cap - PCGS MS 64 RB








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