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    Mated Error Pair 1864 Two Cent Pieces
    Obverse Die Cap and a Brockage
    Both Coins MS62 Brown

    1864 2C Large Motto Two Cent Piece -- Obverse Die Cap -- MS62 Brown NGC; and an Undated Two Cent Piece -- Brockaged by Obverse Die Cap -- MS62 Brown NGC. Although not explicitly designated as such by NGC, this is almost certainly a mated error pair. The NGC serial numbers are consecutive, and the two coins match up in terms of their appearance. It is a dramatic mint error for an obsolete denomination coined during the Civil War, and it is remarkable that both coins have remained together in such outstanding condition for nearly one and a half centuries.
    The story of this mint error pair begins when the first coin in the lot was struck for the first time. That strike was normal, but the coin clung to the obverse die and failed to eject. It then served as a surrogate die for a series of newly fed planchets, each of which in turn was struck between the reverse die and the first coin. These strikes thinned the first coin and caused the edge to wrap progressively further around the obverse die. The imprint of the reverse die from the first strike on the first coin was spread and reduced in relief by the series of strikes against fed planchets.
    After an unknown number of such strikes, it became the turn for the planchet of the second coin in the present lot. As with the prior strikes, it was fed between the reverse of the obverse die cap (the first coin) and the reverse die. The reverse of the second coin appears normal, while the obverse shows an expanded brockage of the reverse, as struck by the die cap. Presumably, both pieces then ejected onto the top of the bin, and the coiner noticed the unusual shape of the die cap, and kept both it and a mated brockage strike as a souvenir of the event.
    The die cap has pleasing eye appeal, not only due to its preservation, but because the high rim of the cap has an even height throughout its circumference. The first coin, the die cap, has a sea-green and chocolate-brown obverse, while the high rim and the reverse are medium brown. The second coin, the brockage, has consistent olive-brown toning. Both coins display only trivial contact and are void of carbon. A memorable mint error that would stop traffic on any bourse table.

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    January, 2012
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