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Interesting Die Break ( ? ) on a 1847 Large Cent

I thought maybe someone could shed some light on this piece.
The lines are actually raised, and not formed by a curl of metal from a scratch, so it has to be of die origin.
If anyone knows of any other specimens in earlier , or later stages if this is truly a die break, I would appreciate hearing of it.
Thank you very much for looking.


  • CoinCrazyPACoinCrazyPA Posts: 2,899 ✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a die crack, haven't seen one like this before with an X. Very cool piece.

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  • LoveMyLibertyLoveMyLiberty Posts: 1,784 ✭✭✭

    Can you please show the obverse?

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ridgecns .... Welcome aboard...and that is a very interesting die crack... thanks for showing us... Cheers, RickO

  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,528 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Those are cuts in the metal that pushed up a raised furrow next to the cuts, just as an old single-blade plow would push up a furrow. I have seen many such U.S. coins from the 1840's to the 1870's with similar X-shaped cuts. Don't know if it was one guy with a disgusting hobby or some sort of training exercise for apprentice engravers or what, but it happened a lot.

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  • Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭

    They are bought and sold by the "uninformed" as struck with "Cancelled Dies." :smiley:

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