Overstriking remains on a VOC-Duit, Dordrecht 1732

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maybe the experts for Netherland´s coins can identify the residues of the previous coin behind the VOC-monogram:

Dutch East India Company, minted in Dordrecht (Holland), moneyer Otto Buck (1731-1756), initial ❀ (rose), 1732 AD.,
Duit (21-22 mm / 3,26 g),
Obv.: crowned ams of Holland: a lion rampant to left.
Rev.: VOC-monogram ("Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie"), date 1753 below, a rose between dots above; hints for overstriking between the letters of the monogram.
Scholten 82 .



Very interesting mint error. I don't think it is an "overstrike" in the sense that this was another coin before.

On the monogram side, I see part of the arms side, incuse and in mirror image. If it would have been just incuse, the "previous" strike would have been classical brockage. I can't explain the mirror image.

I think this coin started its career as a mint error. It was discovered somewhere in the quality control process of the mint. Normally, it would have been returned to the oven as scrap, but one side was well struck and the other vague, so someone carefully fitted the coin on the die and told the minter to have another go. Alternatively, the boy putting the blanks on the lower die could have discovered the error and quickly hid the coin. He and the minter were paid by weight of coins struck, so he had an interest in not wasting any coins. He may have used a pause to fit the coin back on the die, give the minter a wink and saved a coin that would otherwise have been subtracted from their production.

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