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No Date Unstruck Cent-Sized Blank - Non US Mint

 
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 Posted 12/03/2022  11:52 pm Show Profile   Check tropicalbats's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add tropicalbats to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This "coin" was being sold as an unstruck planchet. I saw the textured surface on the one side and sort of assumed it was a split planchet and wanted to pick that up.

Took a look and it certainly does not seem like a coin blank at all. One rim is rounded toward the edge and the other is pretty crisp, which makes me think it was a punch out. Unsure why the metal roll was textured on one side, but it was. So can't really say why this was made, but at 19.1mm diameter and 2.95g it is so close to cent-sized that I'm thinking it was a blank made either as a straight up slug or as a blank to be struck into a counterfeit. Anyway, interesting one although lots of unknowns, including why it shows inclusions in part of the rough side.

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 Posted 12/04/2022  12:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm thinking you are right @tb. It is an interesting piece and seems not to have come from the mint.
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 Posted 12/04/2022  02:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is a blank, but it is not a planchet.
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 Posted 12/04/2022  05:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is showing evidence of being ground down, so perhaps it was a copper cent destroyed in an effort to deceive?
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 Posted 12/04/2022  7:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I feel it was a planchet, but the one side split off and now is missing and it took the proto rim with it.
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 Posted 12/04/2022  10:33 pm  Show Profile   Check tropicalbats's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add tropicalbats to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Coop, no, it is not a planchet. It is some kind of a blank. I sent these images to Mike Diamond when we were discussing a different coin and here is his response:

"It's certainly a copper or copper-alloy blank. A slug is a distinct possibility. Beyond that, I can't speculate on its origin or intended purpose."
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 Posted 12/05/2022  02:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add UncleDano to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting texture on the one side. Looks like something was impressed there at one time.
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 Posted 12/05/2022  4:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting, tropicalbats and to the Community, UncleDano!
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 Posted 12/05/2022  8:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cujohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Weighs too much to be a split.
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I would point out a maxim to remember: just because it is round and made of metal, does not mean it must be coin-related.

It's not an electrical box punch-out tag, as there are no sprues (unless there's been an excellent filing job done on it). But it may, nevertheless, be some kind of punch-out, made by somebody who needed a nice round hole in their piece of copper sheeting. They have their piece of copper with a hole in it; you have the piece of scrap metal they didn't want.
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