I have in my possession a strange, albeit, very rare Australian coin. Strange because its in two pieces and they match front and back.
So I don’t know zilch about numismatic stuff, all I know is that you will never see another example of this special bit of currency.
Let me describe the enigma of my little story. my coin is described as a split planchet, wot’s a Planchet you ask, well in the case of a coin it’s the ‘blank’ mostly circular start of a bit of currency, then they stamp the design and raise the edges. You then end up with some money for your morning cuppa at your local Al Fresco.
Somehow during this process an impurity is is en-trapped in the blank, (oil, dirt, whatever).
Split planchet errors occur when impurities trapped in the metal cause the planchet to split apart. … Nickel is a difficult metal to alloy with other metals; because of this, split planchets are commonly found in the nickel 5c coin series, due to their being struck on a 25% nickel/75% copper-alloy planchet.
Well now, my coin is an Australian 1975 10 cent SPLIT PLANCHET BEAUTY, not only that I have the two halves, ‘NOW THAT’S RARE’
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