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1927 South Africa Sixpence Lettering fault?  
 

 
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 Posted 07/12/2011  01:40 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add macartr2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am totally new to the world of coin collecting and only got interested last week when given a box of old/new coins to sell on eBay by a family member.
When composing the photo of the SA 1927 sixpence I noticed the lettering on the head was joined along the "ORGI" in George. Is this a common error, and could someone please tell me what sort of error it is?
Does this type of fault add any value to a coin?
Thanks for taking time to read this post, and for any advice given - like I said I am a newbie.




Richard
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 Posted 07/12/2011  03:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
mecartr2: Welcome to the CCF!

What you are referring to here is an image on the coin of a crack in the die which struck the coin. (die crack error)

This coin is an error coin, and a reasonably nice one at that!

Die cracks are not supposed to happen and are scarce, but they are not excessively rare.
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 Posted 07/12/2011  03:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macartr2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Many thanks for the reply. Before last week I didn't realise the complexities that lay behind coin collecting, and am now considering keeping a few of the best I was given instead of selling on eBay. I didn't realise just how stunning some coins in their uncirculated look, and the detail that comes to light once the coin has been magnified. Is this the start of a new hobby?
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 Posted 07/12/2011  07:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
macartr2: What town / city do you live in? Is there a coin dealer near you?

It's worth having a look at what they have that may interest you.
I lived and worked in the Manchester area for a couple of years, and made a point of attending coin shows that came up, while I was there.

There are some interesting dealers in London that cater for all price ranges from the least to most expensive. Also, give the Net a good search, try 'vcoins' search function, (world coins) and eBay to educate yourself.

Have a good look at this website; there is a subforum on U.K. coins.
Have a look at The Royal Mint publications on their website.
If you are into American coins, you have come to THE right place!
The CCF IS a numismatic family, of sorts.

Enjoy your new hobby!
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 Posted 07/12/2011  07:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macartr2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Once again, thanks for coming back with advice. I live in Newcastle and yes we do have some dealers in and around the city so I will have a look once I have sorted through the 1000+ collection I was given. There are a few interesting ones I have found already, so hopefully it will be a sharp learning curve once I get going.

Regards

Richard
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 Posted 07/16/2011  11:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DVCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice die crack/break. It's almost what we call a "retained cud" here in the States.
It denotes a die break that completely separates a piece of the die, but piece has not yet fallen out.
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 Posted 07/16/2011  1:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macartr2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the advice/info, it really is appreciated. Just how common or rare is a fault like this?
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