UK Pound coin edge lettering orientation question

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by The Eidolon, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    Couple of pound coins someone brought back from a trip.
    I've heard that the collars which create the edge lettering are placed at any orientation, so the text is about 50-50 to face the front or back. Is the lettering also randomly oriented rotationally as to where the words line up compared to the top of the coin?
    Any answers for the UK or other countries with edge lettering are welcomed.
    I don't have a lot of lettered modern coins to use for comparison.
    edge.jpg Ob.jpg rev.jpg
  2. Avatar

    Guest User Guest

    to hide this ad.
  3. TheGame

    TheGame Well-Known Member

    Yes. The edge inscriptions are done separately from striking the obverse and reverse, so its placement is completely random on all fronts.

    The only current coins with edge lettering that are not random, to my knowledge, are Swiss 5 francs. Lettering on those is done using a 3-piece collar at the time of striking. The same is true for proof American dollars, but not the business strike coins.
    Bradley Trotter and The Eidolon like this.
  4. PaddyB

    PaddyB Eccentric enthusiast

    Agreed - the lettering on British coin edges is roughly 50/50 which way up it will appear, and rotationally can start anywhere around the coin. The edge and faces are struck in two different processes and in between the coins are held in a hopper, so there can be no control on the orientation of the edge.
    Beware - on Ebay there are always lots of sellers trying to charge a premium for "upside down edge", which is a con.
    On the new bi-metallic £1 coin there is an edge variation depending on whether the milling on the edge at the base of the portrait starts to the right or left of the truncation. Correct is to the right, but left (a leftie) occurs fairly frequently. They do command a slight premium but are not really that rare - ~5% of the population.
    The Eidolon likes this.
  5. offa the saxon

    offa the saxon Well-Known Member

    Exactly as already has been said but people put them on eBay as mint errors for ridiculous prices
    The Eidolon likes this.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page