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Re: [Error Coin Information Exchange] Re: GB Two Pounder with a twist

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  • jeff ylitalo
    I suppose die trial is a diagnosis I can accept. It would would be a first for me on a bi-metallic coin. The evidence seems to support this. Although it is
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 1, 2008
      I suppose "die trial" is a diagnosis I can accept. It would would be a first
      for me on a bi-metallic coin. The evidence seems to support this.

      Although it is probably of no consequence, there is minor strike doubling of
      the entire profile of the Queen, (difficult to see in uploaded pic's).

      --- Mike Diamond <mdia1@...> wrote:

      > A puzzler indeed.
      > The design rim is well-struck on both faces, which should ordinarily
      > be associated with moderate to strong reeding. However, some
      > recent "die trials" among U.S. quarters show a respectable design rim
      > but no reeding, so this is not a devastating observation.
      > The Queen's bust has lots of contact marks that were apparently
      > inflicted after the strike, since they're abundant in the field. But
      > they're not so profuse as to have obliterated the design on the ring,
      > and such specificity is hard to fathom anyway.
      > If the core was abnormally thick, then the weight should be greater
      > than normal. If the ring was abnormally thin, then the weight should
      > be less than normal. The perfectly normal weight is surprising.
      > I'm stumped.
      > --- In errorcoininformationexchange@yahoogroups.com, "jylitalo"
      > <jylitalo@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > (Uploaded 3 x Pic's to Default folder)
      > >
      > > This Two Pound UK bi-metallic coin has some surprising twists. The
      > > coin is normal in weight.
      > >
      > > The ring has been very lightly, or weakly struck on either face,
      > > however the core has sustained full die design transfer from the
      > strike.
      > >
      > > While the core is die struck, notice the physical line where both
      > > components have joined together. There is a small, thin, circular
      > > void where penetration of the core into the ring did occur to some
      > > extent, but is not as tightly compressed toether as on a normal
      > strike.
      > >
      > > Another intriguing feature is the lack of reeding along the outer
      > > edge. While the lettered inscription is present, the majority of the
      > > edge lacks any fine reeding normally imparted by the collar. The
      > tiny
      > > bit of reeding that is present is lightly struck and confined to a
      > > small zone. (The reeding should be sharply struck and closely spaced
      > > resulting in a fine, tight pattern).
      > >
      > > Understanding that clogged dies could be a likely explanation for
      > the
      > > lack of die-struck detail on either face of the ring, I find it very
      > > strange that at least some, if not all, of the core would appear
      > > weakly struck to some degree. All of this combined with the largely
      > > unstruck edge without fine reeding would suggest the highly
      > debatable
      > > possibility of a die adjustment strike.
      > >
      > > It is also possible the core, although correct in weight, was
      > > entirely too thick and interfered with die approximation. This could
      > > have impeded overall expansion within the striking chamber and
      > > prevented the edge of the ring to make substantial contact with the
      > > collar.
      > >
      > > I can detect no evidence of tampering on either face or edge of the
      > ring.
      > >
      > > Thanks.
      > >

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