1966 Australian One Cent Coin - OFF-CENTRE STRIKE - ROYAL MINT MELBOURNE
1966 Australian 1 Cent Coin Error Coin featuring an Off-Centre Strike.
The off-centre coin error is a massive variation on the out of collar error. In this case the blank is not fed into the press properly and lands in the collar incorrectly. For the off-centre strike only part of the blank is struck by the upper and lower dies. This results in only part of the design being struck on the coin and a coin that is not it’s usual round shape. Because of their unusual shape they are commonly picked up before they leave the mint or in rolling machines by security companies.
This is the Royal Mint, Melbourne Variety, displaying a blunted first whisker.
"Distinguishing the mint that manufactured this coin is done by looking at the left-most whiskers of the possum. If the left most whisker is blunted then the coin was minted in Melbourne, if the second from the left most whisker is blunted then the coin was minted in Perth. If neither are blunted then the coin was minted in Canberra".
239 million minted, and the most common of the 1966 varieties.
This coin still retains part lustre, demonstrated in a nice cartwheel effect on both obverse and reverse designs.