Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Coinsandmedals, Jul 7, 2020.
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I almost went with this, I was really stuck between 65bn and 66bn. It was a toss up for me.
That strike on the date is super cool. That thing is hammered!
What he said. Exactly what he said.
Color me green with envy. With the possible exception of a raw Red MS example I held in my quivering palm at the Spink table once upon a time at the FUN show, I think that might be the nicest Cartwheel 2d I've ever seen.
@serdogthehound Including the restrikes, there are only 17 recognized proof varieties of the Twopence. This particular piece is plain copper (i.e., not gold, silver, bronzed, or gilt) and is of standard-thickness (not struck on a thin flan), which effectively rules out 14 of those varieties. The fact that there are only two waves present under Britannia eliminates two more varieties. Unfortunately, this particular example does not meet any of the key diagnostics of the remaining variety, so I do not doubt that it is a standard business strike.
@lordmarcovan I will have to keep a close eye on you!
...so, a thin flan would only be 1/2 inch thick...
This made me chuckle! These coins are just entirely too massive (40 mm diameter, typically 5 mm thick, and two ounces heavy). No wonder they nearly destroyed the Soho Mint.
i brought one off EBay in high school . Sadly it was so heavy it broken the shipping envelope and fell out somewhere between So have experience of them being too heavy and big
Crazy cool coins
Wow, that would be such a disappointment. Just imagine the confusion of whoever happened to find it. This isn't exactly a coin that the average person will stumble upon regularly.
That is a beautiful coin you have posted @Coinsandmedals. A problem-free cartwheel Twopence is undoubtedly a rare sight. I'm sure you must be proud to have it in your collection.
My grade: MS-64+
NGC grade: MS-63
Over the last few years, I have submitted somewhere in the vicinity of a couple hundred English and Irish copper pieces to NGC. In the beginning, I tended to be entirely too conservative, often missing the mark by two grade points or so; however, more recently, I have been consistent within a point. I still tend to shy on the conservative side, but that makes for some pleasant surprises when the grades come back from NGC. In part, this pattern is what makes the current coin such an odd exception. I have viewed hundreds of these coins in mint state (both graded and raw) over the years, and more often than not, they are marred with significant contact marks, rim bumps, uneven color, and weak strikes. In my experience, it is easy enough to find an example that excels in one of these areas but usually falls short in others.
I took my time to find an example that had minimal contact marks/rim bumps, even color, and a solid strike. This is one of the nicest Twopence pieces that I have come across. There are a handful of minor contact marks on the obverse (e.g., on his throat, in the field in front of his drapery, on the rim between the ”E” and ”X”), none of which are distracting on a relatively heavy 40mm coin. The color and strike are sublime for the series, and except for an insignificant rim bump at 7 o’clock, the edges are smooth as can be. Looking over the NGC census, the average uncirculated grade for this series is MS-63 (41 in this grade), but in my opinion, there isn’t anything ordinary about this particular example. I think this coin would be a premium example in a 64 holder (23 in this grade), and I thought it had a strong chance at a 65 (only 3 with none higher). For those of you interested, here are a few NGC graded examples that sold recently at Heritage.
I may not agree with NGC’s assessment, but the fact the coin is encapsulated and protected for future enjoyment is far more important to me then the number on the label.
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