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The case of the missing chick

Started by Figleaf, February 16, 2016, 05:23:52 PM

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This one is really very subtle, so I made the picture a bit bigger. Both coins are Irish pennies 1968, the last year this type was minted. There are five chicks below, one largely hidden behind a sibling, one trying to hide behind one of mama's legs. On the left coin, the latter chick has a head, but no body.

The effect is caused by one short thin line missing. Its little leg is there, but the belly is left undefined. This is likely to be a filled die error.

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



The chickless 1968 penny is well known see

Also recorded for other years, probably die wear or grease clogging

Nice example though  ;)