1966 Australian One Cent Coin - RAMSTRIKE or HIGH LIP - ROYAL MINT MELBOURNE

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1966 Australian 1 Cent Coin Error Coin featuring an Ramstrike or High Lip Error. 

Another type of out of collar coin error is the Ramstrike or High Lip coin error. This sort of error occurs when the planchet is partially off-centre or out of alignment when the coin striking process starts. As the hammer die moves down to strike the coin part of the planchet is retained against the top of the collar and the rest of the planchet is driven down into the collar against the anvil die. This results in the retained part of the planchet being stretched vertically giving an unusual high lip on part of the rim of the coin

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 a huge amount of lustre, demonstrated in a nice cartwheel effect on both obverse and reverse designs.

It is also in excellent condition, and appears to be free of the mechanical damage often associated with this error (It’s postulated that this happens because the coin jams the coining press and has to be manually removed by a press operator using some sort of pointed tool that damages the coin)

With thanks to the Australian Coin Collecting Blog for their excellent write up and information on this error.


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