Lot 145 – India (British) 1884B (Cu) 1/2 Rupee, Victoria, very rare “Off Metal Strike” NGC MS 62 Brown

Lot 145 – India (British) 1884B (Cu) 1/2 Rupee, Victoria, very rare “Off Metal Strike” NGC MS 62 Brown
Asia & Australasia » India » British India
Price realised
3’000 CHF
Estimate
4’000 – 5’500 CHF
Auction date
Fri 19 Oct 2018 at 13:30 (Europe/Zurich)
Description:
1884 B (Cu) Pattern/Die Trials, 1/2 Rupee (no mintmark), off-metal strike in copper, Victoria (SW 6.192 where the listing should be under mintmark “Br”). With a touch of mint red – only 2 coins graded with NGC and 1 with PCGS. This is the year that the Mint seems to have started striking some of its coins in copper. Whether to test the dies or as inexpensive examples to be given out it may never be known. The copper pieces disappear by 1892, but by then they have become a very serious issue struck to proof standards.
https://www.ngccoin.com/certlookup/2807514-002/62/
Catalogue reference: NGC MS 62 Brown
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