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Old 11-14-2017, 09:50 PM
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I was going through my coin collection tonight and showing my daughter the different kinds of foreign coins used across the world when I came across this "new peso" coin from Mexico. The variant was made in the 1990s yet this coin clearly has a date of 1892 on it---I checked it half a dozen times with a loupe and you can see it in the attached picture.

I am 99.9999% certain it is not from 1892 which means, at least initially, that it is an error. I thought maybe that it was a significant year in the history of Mexico but other new peso coins feature the mint year (I have a N$2 coin in front of me now that bears the date 1995). I cannot seem to find any info on this at all so I am turning to the forum to see if anyone has any idea about what I have here. Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any comments.

PS: My apologies if this is the wrong place for this post. I was going to put it in the section about coinhunters but since I didn't find this with my detector, I didn't think it would be appropriate to be there.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:55 PM
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I'm pretty sure that what you have there is a 1992 coin that has a metal flake/chip in the 9 making it look like an 8. Could be a die error, but I doubt it.

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Old 11-14-2017, 10:36 PM
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I wish there was a way to upload a high resolution picture with a file size bigger than 183KB. I don't think it's a flake at all. Let me see if I can power up my stereoscope and snap a close up of the area in question...
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:51 PM
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This is a close up of the area using my Canon T2i with an El-Nikkor 50 mm f/2.8 attached to a 70-300 lens with a bellows configuration. Field of view is approximately 2.5mm x 1.5mm.

There is definitely a mistake in the number but there is no evidence of it being a flake as far as I can tell. What do you think?

I can likely zoom in more if needed.
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:17 AM
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After researching this for the past couple of hours, I have found out that I am not the only one with this...whatever we want to call it. I have found a handful of posts here and there on various sites from people who have a similar coin with a similar "error". No explanation though.
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:55 AM
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It's just an error, all mints make errors. The dies get some extra junk caught in them and get worn out over time. Nice catch tough, good eye!

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Old 11-15-2017, 12:59 AM
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I tried searching to see if it had any extra value as an error coin but found nothing specific.

Just found this site but haven't researched it -

http://www.error-ref.com/error_and_variety_check_list/

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Old 11-15-2017, 01:11 AM
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I appreciate everyone's help. It is a curiosity for sure.
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Looks like someone screwed up cutting the die.

Lucky you, you have an error coin. Hold onto it until the error becomes well-known and collectors drive up the price for it. Then, cha-ching! Cash in!

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Old 11-15-2017, 02:33 PM
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Coin collecting is VERY concentrated on US coins, Mexican errors are not that valuable, some MAJOR errors go from 4 to about ten bucks US... Keep in mind these prices shown are in mexican pesos, the exchange right now is about 19 pesos per dollar...
https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.mx...escentrada-_JM
https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.mx...ito-juarez-_JM
https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.mx...n-ano-1978-_JM

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Not sure if a genuine error or not, but have seen new coins altered to make a date appear older....usually at a flea market.

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