Die Gouge

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A die gouge can be defined as any foreign object, rubbed, scraped, dropped or punched into the die, whether on purpose or accident, that creates a mark in the die. It will strike the coin and create a raised area the same shape and size as the gouge.

There’s several varieties for die scraped and gouges as well as feeder finger gouges and Rockwell test marks (small round raised area on a coin).