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Definition of "Restrike"

MWallaceMWallace Posts: 3,808 ✭✭✭✭✭

What is the "official" definition of a Restrike?
Struck from original dies.
Struck from transfer dies made from the originals?
Struck from all new dies with the same design?

I've seen "Restrike" used for all three scenarios.


  • NewEnglandRaritiesNewEnglandRarities Posts: 1,017 ✭✭✭✭

    I agree with you, the word restrike is almost thrown around like “rare” or “choice”. My mind, a restrike is a coin, struck later, from an already used die. For example, the New Haven Fugio Restrike is struck from fantasy dies created later (almost 100 years later actually). But it’s called a restrike because when made, it was thought that the dies were original but either none existed at that time, or were “unused” dies from 1787. Both are not correct, but the name stuck with the piece and as such, changing it now would be “confusing” at best.

    This is a good topic of discussion though, one that has been debated for quite awhile with no clear cut answer after discussion. My opinion, based on what I’ve seen, is that the words have different definitions based on the SERIES being discussed. Restrike in large cents for example is reuse of dies already known. In colonials, it can refer to fantasy pieces in the style of original pieces (such as Bolen dies of famous colonials, elephant token, standing Indian NY patterns, etc.).

    Because people are so used to the historical terms describing certain coins, it would be difficult to change as, in the colonial field, New Haven Restrike everyone knows, but New Haven Fantasy, nobody knows what that would mean. Hence the problem with the terms from a specific definition.

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  • BStrauss3BStrauss3 Posts: 3,023 ✭✭✭✭✭


    But I would then follow-up to the original sources... which point to

    Yeoman, Richard (2020). A Guide Book of United States Coins 2021 (74th ed.). Pelham, AL: Whitman Publishing. pp. 451–53. ISBN 978-0794847968.

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  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,811 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 29, 2023 4:02PM

    Here's a specimen of one of my favorites. Just one of 50 silver specimens made by Horatio Rust.

    It says "New Haven Restrike", but now "Horatio Rust" could be another moniker to use.

  • TimNHTimNH Posts: 104 ✭✭✭

    Here's my only restrike (that I know of), as I understand it the originals were tin coins c. 1688, but then original dies were used in 1828 to mint another "few hundred" coins in pewter, and here's one of 'em -

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,581 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Maybe "re-issue" should be a considered designation?

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