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Sale 60

Lot 370

1794 S-28 R2 EF45. Misaligned Dies on Egg-Shaped Planchet. Lustrous steel brown and chocolate with frosty lighter brown toning in the protected areas. Great surfaces and eye appeal, but the strike is abnormal. The dies were misaligned with the obverse off center to K-11.5 and the reverse off to K-9. In addition, the die faces were not parallel (axial misalignment) causing the bottom of the obverse and top of the reverse to be softly struck. The 94 in the date is faint but visible and the 17 is gone (was never there). The opposing legend at ATES OF is very weak as well. Interestingly, the planchet is thicker in the weakly struck area and thinner in the well struck part, just the opposite of what you see when the planchet is at fault (tapered planchet). This happened because the non-parallel die faces squeezed the planchet unevenly. Somehow the planchet ended up out-of-round, similar to a squatty egg. A beautiful and really interesting mint error. LDS, Breen state VIII.
Estimated Value $3,000-UP.
Ex Chris McCawley.

Realized $6,613

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