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1971 British 2 Pence Error - Only One Side Struck [solved]

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sommarhelvete
Joined: 23-Jun-2019
Posts: 11
Found this 2p in a box of coins whilst on a world coin hunt. Didn't think much of it at first as I'm from England and come across them all the time, but when I picked it up I realised the reverse was completely blank and smooth. Is this a genuine Mint error? Anybody know what it's value would be if it is? Especially considering it's 1971 which is the first year they struck the 2p
mullom
Joined: 15-Oct-2018
Posts: 36
Not sure if that’s rare or not but I was wondering, do you find any old coins coin roll hunting in England? From videos I’ve watched it’s just mainly different varieties.
Want a coin from every country. Got 103 so far...
sommarhelvete
Joined: 23-Jun-2019
Posts: 11
Quote: "mullom"​Not sure if that’s rare or not but I was wondering, do you find any old coins coin roll hunting in England? From videos I’ve watched it’s just mainly different varieties.
​I don't search through UK coins, just world coins. I buy them in boxes from ebay. In general circulation though I don't really get a lot of old English coinage though. Since most of what we use now came into circulation in the 60s-70s and they've changed a bit since then. I do kind of notice when I find a coin from the 80s or similar in circulation though.
mullom
Joined: 15-Oct-2018
Posts: 36
Ok cool. I love searching through foreign coins too. In USA coin rolls we find old coins. I found a v nickel from 1909 once and a Indian head penny from the 1890’s. Good luck finding out about the coin.
Want a coin from every country. Got 103 so far...
ZacUK Numista team, Moderator
Joined: 3-Jan-2011
Posts: 6676
Value is 2 Pence. Notice on the heads side there is a rim around the edge.
If it were a mint error that rim would also be on the reverse. So someone has
worn the reverse away deliberately.
My collections >
http://mycoinssite.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=13560800
also 13750057 also 15924495 also 15995337
http://mycoinssite.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16060326
sommarhelvete
Joined: 23-Jun-2019
Posts: 11
Quote: "ZacUK"​ Value is 2 Pence. Notice on the heads side there is a rim around the edge.
​If it were a mint error that rim would also be on the reverse. So someone has
​worn the reverse away deliberately.
​Ah, okay. Well, nice to know, thanks. I did think it could be where two blank planchets got stacked one exactly on top of the other when put through the coin press. Only ending up with a print on one side
ZacUK Numista team, Moderator
Joined: 3-Jan-2011
Posts: 6676
Yes - that is also a possibility. But more likely an engineering experiment, or similar. :)

I have similar on a 1938 Jamaica coin >
Again with a smooth (no edge) reverse.
My collections >
http://mycoinssite.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=13560800
also 13750057 also 15924495 also 15995337
http://mycoinssite.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16060326
COINMAN1
Joined: 8-Jun-2013
Posts: 1797
What about checking weight.
If it is lighter than standard, it's been doctored.
I'm just a collector of coins, not a slave to it, unless I am in a coin shop.
sommarhelvete
Joined: 23-Jun-2019
Posts: 11
Quote: "COINMAN1"​What about checking weight.
​If it is lighter than standard, it's been doctored.
​I did weigh it and it came out about what a 2p should weigh. But I think ZacUK is right. It makes more sense that it’s doctored, and it looks like the example he posted.
Status changed to Solved (ZacUK, 28-Jun-2019, 11:32PM)

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