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Offline TomG

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Were Kwangtung Mint Dies Ever Reused?
« on: August 14, 2015, 08:59:55 PM »
Hello,

This 1929 Kwangtung 20 cent Y-426 coin has a raised, square shape emerging from the top of Sun Yat-Sen portrait. Is it possible that this coin is legitimate but from a reused stamping die? The shape resembles a legend character from an earlier 1921 Kwangtung 20 cent Y-423 coin.

Is there any other detail that one should be paying attention to? Thank you.

Its Statistics: 23.52mm diameter, 1.62mm rim thickness, 5.31g.

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Re: Were Kwangtung Mint Dies Ever Reused?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2015, 02:27:04 PM »
Alternative idea: could the ghost image position coinciding with the same character on reverse face be caused by die clash when opposing dies struck without an interposing planchet?

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Re: Were Kwangtung Mint Dies Ever Reused?
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2015, 12:18:08 AM »
A clashed die would be my opinion. The Canton (Kwangtung) Mint was one of the better mints in China; more tightly controlled than some other provincial mints. I have never heard of a Kwangtung die being reused. The mint was notorious for the low silver content of its 20 cent coins in the 1920's. In most places they were accepted at an appropriate discount.