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Offline SANDAC

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Die cracks of 1998 1/2 oz silver panda Hong Kong Expo
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:04:50 PM »
I find a large die crack on the reverse of a 1998 1/2oz silver panda Hong Kong Expo, see attached photos.  This is the largest die crack of MCC I'm aware of.  This coin is in OMP so I searched for such die crack in my database of 70 samples and was not able to find such crack on the reverse.  However, I did find a large die crack on the obverse in 5 samples. 3803386-006, 2781350-011, 3564934-006, 2775117-056, 3307485-048.  Coincidentally 3803386-006 is on eBay right now and there is a better picture of the obverse die crack than NGC file photo. http://www.ebay.com/itm/161287854510.  An annotated picture of 3803386-006 is also attached.  Looking at the obverse of my OMP, I can also see a hint of die crack on the panda's right front paw as well as the right hind leg.  Die cracks in the 1998 HK Expo may be quite common.

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Re: Die cracks of 1998 1/2 oz silver panda Hong Kong Expo
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2014, 12:29:08 AM »
I found a die crack on 2013 Panda medal

http://china-mint.info/forum/index.php?topic=9989.0

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Re: Die cracks of 1998 1/2 oz silver panda Hong Kong Expo
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2017, 03:37:59 PM »
I agree.  Die Cracks are very interesting errors.  Whenever I am looking at an older Chinese coin, I am always pleased when I find one or more die cracks on the coin.  As employees attempt to maximize the usage of a particular die, very "funky-looking" coins may result.  Great example of errors.  I have never found a modern Chinese coin with a die crack.  Hopefully, I will sometime in the future.

Mark Bonke