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1845 British East India 1/4 Cent, Queen Victoria, cracked die through bust  
 

 
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 Posted 10/10/2017  10:08 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add paralyse to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I thought that perhaps some of the UK collectors might find this one interesting.

It's a 1/4 cent copper coin of 18mm and 2.3g. Issued for the Straits Settlements (as British East India), it features a slightly modified version of Wyon's first Young Head Victoria bust on the obverse, and the denomination of 1/4 cent surrounded by a wreath on the reverse.

While not a particularly uncommon coin with 34m minted, this particular coin is quite interesting; the obverse dies were apparently quite near the end of their life, resulting in a very prominent series of obverse die breaks which result in the bust appearing to have been impaled or "spiked." A smaller crack is also present of the reverse.

It could probably use a bit of a long soak to dissolve some of the accumulated reverse grime, but the obverse is more presentable.



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 Posted 10/11/2017  08:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice example, the crack is quite wide, the die must have failed not long after this coin was struck.
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