What is a dump coin?

Started by betawarrior60, July 07, 2011, 09:02:59 AM

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 I go through catalogues regularly and I often see coins labelled as 'dump coin'. What is a dump coin? Does it mean that it was dumped and no longer considered legal tender? =S


If its an Australian dump then it is an extremely valuable item. If something else then I would be interested to "hear" more



All answers correct. Dump is an imprecise, colloquial name for a thick, small coin. It is also applied to the coppers of George I of Great Britain (1717-1718).

Dumps are sometimes confused with cobs, which are badly struck Spanish colonial silver pieces. To make it worse, you can make a dump from a cob by cutting the cob in pieces, as was done in Australia, but also on some Caribbean islands. (see Pridmore)

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.