Error coins have been in the news a lot lately, with the so-called Godless Dollar Presidential coins
, (where the U.S. Mint accidentally left off the edge lettering,) and then the Faceless Dollar
, (where the Mint managed to get the edge lettering on but neglected to stamp the front and back!) However, the error coins and die variety coin collecting speciality had been booming even before the Washington Dollar errors
, buoyed by a number of remarkable Statehood Quarter errors, including the Wisconsin "Extra Leaf"
varieties, the Minnesota "Extra Tree"
series (which has at least 73 different die varieties now,) and novelty types such as the Rust Quarter
Newcomers to the error coins hunt will be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are a couple of FREE high quality magazines about error coins and die varieties, which are published bi-monthly in PDF format by leading error and variety coin dealers (PDF format is a format that allows you to download these magazines onto your computer for free, with the same high-quality presentation as printed editions.)
- Die Variety News is published by Billy Crawford, and focuses mostly on die varieties.
- Mint Error News is published by Mike Byers, a top-notch dealer in major minting errors.
Billy Crawford is a nationally recognized expert on variety coins, especially for his extensive work in U.S. Cent varieties. His Die Variety News
always has some of the neatest new types that can be found right now in your pocket change. Mike Byers' Mint Error News
is loaded with eye candy for those who wonder what incredible kinds of things can emerge from the U.S. Mint. The Mint Error News
also features a compilation of recent selling prices for a generous assortment of errors and varieties, as well as content submitted by other dealers and experts.
There are also some excellent Web sites for those looking to learn more about this fascinating area of collecting. Ken Potter's Variety Vault educational series
makes fascinating reading, as does the CONECA Web site
. CONECA is the major error and variety coin collectors' club
. And I've got you covered if you're still wondering what the difference is between an error coin
and a die variety coin