To err is human, and when it comes to collecting error coins the results can be divine. Australian company Noble Numismatics came up with a wrong coin list at its latest auction, the company’s 128th, which was held November 23-25 ââin Sydney.
The main coins for these coins were the Australian coins, but the offer also included coins from Great Britain, New Zealand and even a US cent minted 50% off-center.
A range of options
In total, 32 lots offered errors and varieties, focused on off-center and off-center hits.
One of the most interesting coins is the 1985 or 1988 Australian Queen Elizabeth II 2-cent coin struck on a 1-cent blank.
In uncirculated condition, with the date not visible because that part of the die did not come into contact with the smaller blank than expected, the coin fetched a hammer price of A $ 576 (US $ 417 ) against an estimate of A $ 200.
Prices reflect the 20% buyer charge.
A 1950 George V silver shilling from Australia, minted 30% off-center and off the neck with a plain edge, fetched Aussie $ 432 (US $ 313) including purchase charges, against an estimate of $ 150. The auction company values ââthis extremely fine piece.
An uncirculated New Zealand 10-cent coin from the 1970s, mistakenly minted on the blank of a 5-cent coin, fetched Australian $ 384 (US $ 278) against an estimate of AUD $ 350.