Discussion in 'World Coins' started by HiroBear, Oct 28, 2020.
Keen to get others views on this.
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Thanks @potty dollar 1878 - MS62
Interesting, PCGS have described it as a flaw... but am inclined to agree with you. It's not like the errors you see on William III.
Nice example @robp
PCGS have slavishly followed what has been written in Coins of England for the past 15 years instead of confirming for themselves what is going on. A flaw is a crack in the die, or a piece fallen off it. Die fill is natural wear and tear from accumulated metal dust produced when coins are struck.
Which is interesting as ESC notes "a broken B" but doesn't give it a separate catalogue number unlike the unbarred H etc.
It's a pity Coincraft stopped making its standard catalogue.
I hasten to add I don't collect errors, was more just general interest.
FWIW, this is a full B on an 1817 shilling. As you can see, it's marginally narrower at the bottom, and what is not clear from the image, is in slightly lower relief too which would support die fill.
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