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Question about a planchet flaw... Bavarian Taler....

Bob13Bob13 Posts: 1,412 ✭✭✭✭✭

I purchased this 1625 Bavarian Taler which has an obvious planchet flaw and was described as such by the auction house.

In hand, the coin is really nice. The surfaces and color are lovely.

I want to send in for grading. PCGS sometimes "no grades" for planchet flaws.
93 – Planchet Flaw
A planchet flaw is a metal impurity or defect in the planchet. They are usually caused by a separation of part of the surface from the core due to impurities in the metal. While similar to a peeling lamination, they can be holdered as there is no risk of future damage. Small, unobtrusive planchet flaws are acceptable, but large, obvious, poorly placed, or distracting flaws are rejected. Context is also important. Planchet flaws on certain U.S. Colonial coins and early copper issues are expected; planchet flaws on Morgan Silver Dollars are not.

What do you think they will do with this coin?

My current "Box of 20"


  • jdmernjdmern Posts: 286 ✭✭✭

    My guess is that they would straight grade that piece

    Justin Meunier

    Boardwalk Numismatics

  • atomatom Posts: 428 ✭✭✭✭

    Me think not. But if it were me, I’d send it in anyway just to have preserved in your collection. Don’t be surprised if you get an ‘environmental damage’ or something to that effect.

  • RexfordRexford Posts: 1,113 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It’ll be fine. It should not grade details unless the flaw goes entirely through the planchet or is much larger than that. It’s not a modern US coin and won’t be treated as such.

  • worldcoinguyworldcoinguy Posts: 2,998 ✭✭✭✭

    Attractive taler! I think it straight grades.

  • Bob13Bob13 Posts: 1,412 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks all for the comments. If I can get my act together we will all know in a few months!

    My current "Box of 20"

  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,671 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 22, 2023 11:47AM

    While I agree with Rexford, the sad reality is that often a 21st century yardstick is the standard of measurement in contrast to a needed and deeper appreciation for 17th century planchet and coin production. I would like to think it should easily straight grade...

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