Die Caps

A capped die occurs when a planchet (coin blank) is struck by the hammer die of the minting press. For some reason the coin affixes (or attaches itself) to that hammer die.  In most cases the coin that is stuck on the hammer die covers the majority of that hammer die. When a new coin blank is sent into the press to be made into a coin, the capped die cannot send the proper die impression to one side because it is covered.

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