Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
geejay50

Die Cracks in Coins

Recommended Posts

geejay50

Hello Collectors,

 

I was looking at some Union Silver coins bought as part of one lot and minted in the same date albeit of different denominations and noticed that die cracks are quite common. These cracks are usually found on the OBVERSE in the periphery of the coin and also along the outside of the Legend sometimes forming a "bridge effect" (see pic of Obv 1943 2 Shilling).The Reverse seems to be spared (rev of the 1943 Two shilling shown) and this points to more often changing of the Reverse die.

 

There are people who consider these coins as the last issue before the die change because a die that is cracked will supposedly soon break. I am not sure if this is true. The people who did the minting in that period are all long gone and records adress coin mintage mainly.

 

I dont often see this phenomenon in Copper coins and almost never in Gold although a 1900 ZAR Pond with a noted die crack was offered for sale as if it was the last ZAR pond ever minted by the ZAR Mint before British takeover. Perhaps Gold being softer did not stress the die as much and the same die was used for the Obverse in the years 1892 to 1900 with obvious flattening of the hairline as years wore on despite no circulation.

 

Apart from die cracks, what is seen in almost every Union silver coin is die scrubbing marks that point to reconditioning of dies between mintage of batches.They are fine usually vertical reverse scratch marks that have overlying lustre. These are seen in the pics as well.

 

The Modern Nickel and Silver coins do not show such imperfections and we have lost the rather attractive individualisation of coins to be replaced by a unidimensional sameness in the modern period as technology improved.

 

What do you think?

 

This is a Numismatic website for Numismatists - your input is invaluable

 

Geejay

[ATTACH=CONFIG]1941[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]1942[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]1943[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]1944[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]1945[/ATTACH] .

 

Edited by geejay50

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
geejay50

Hi all,

 

Hows this for a monster die crack.

 

Anybody seen similar ?

 

Geejay

 

58f5a72c08890_1942ShillingObvDieCrack.jpg.2c6a60e0f983ab2767906dcd22969474.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ATOMICSQUIRREL

Wow, never seen that before.

How many of those do you have?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×