Capped Die Major mint error

India error coin with the appearance of a capped die

I have a source within India who I am working with to obtain some World Coin major mint errors. He offered me a lot of five, 25 Paise major mint error coins from India. The lot was not specific on what each coin was. I thought this mint error coin lot was decent in price, from distant photos they looked like capped dies, but I was not sure. I decided to buy the lot of five India 25 Paise major error coins.

Below are several different capped die major mint error candidates to look at. Most of these major error coins have a photo of the obverse, reverse and an almost eye level, flat looking photo to show the raised rim area. Take a look at these and let me know if you agree with the attribution of them being capped die errors.

The 25 Paise coins from India are about the size of a US dime. My concern here was, that the high rim is only 50 to 65 percent around the coin. It is highly probable for the coin to become stuck on a die, resulting in a capped die and either be quickly removed my a mint worker, or the capped die simply was loose and fell off.

Coins numbered 6 through 10 are obvious die cap errors, but they don’t always end up looking like those. It really depends on what other events could happen. The die cap could fall off. It might be subjected to multiple strikes, an indent, brockage, fold over strike and the list goes on. The capped die #11 is a unique major mint error. You simply do not see a nearly perfect capped die. It usually takes some abuse while in the striking chamber, but in this case, this capped die appears to have escaped with out any additional strikes.

What kind of error coin is this? How many errors? The answer is at the will be at the bottom of this post !

Here is a clue.

This coin represents a slightly elevated wall from about position on the coin at K9, going clockwise past K12 and continuing to K7. There is definitely some sort valley in between the rim and the normal height of the coin. A partial image between K7 to about K9 might be visible.

The Obverse of a major error coin. What kind of error coin is this?
The Obverse of a major error coin. What kind of error coin is this?
The Reverse of a major error coin. What kind of error coin is this?
The Reverse of a major error coin. What kind of error coin is this?

What do you think about these eleven major error coins from India? Care to take a shot at attribution ?

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Capped Die major mint error coin #1 India 25 Paise

India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
The obverse of an India major mint error coin which is called a capped die
India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
The reverse of an India major mint error coin which is called a capped die
India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
India error coin with the high wall appearance of a capped die

Capped Die major mint error coin #2 India 25 Paise

India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
The obverse of an India major mint error coin which is called a capped die
India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
The reverse of an India major mint error coin which is called a capped die
India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
India error coin with the high wall appearance of a capped die

Capped Die major mint error coin #3 India 25 Paise

India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
The obverse of an India major mint error coin which is called a capped die
India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
The reverse of an India major mint error coin which is called a capped die
India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
India error coin with the high wall appearance of a capped die

Capped Die major mint error coin #4 India 25 Paise

India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
The reverse of an India major mint error coin which is called a capped die
India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
The obverse of an India major mint error coin which is called a capped die
India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
India error coin with the high wall appearance of a capped die

Capped Die major mint error coin #5 India 25 Paise

India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
The reverse of an India major mint error coin which is called a capped die
India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
The obverse of an India major mint error coin which is called a capped die
India error coin with the appearance of a capped die
India error coin with the high wall appearance of a capped die

Capped Die major mint error coin # 6

Obverse of a Capped Die From India, coin number 6
Obverse of a Capped Die, a major mint error coin from India, coin number 6
Reverse of a Capped Die From India, coin number 6
Reverse of a Capped Die, a major mint error coin from India, coin number 6

Capped Die major mint error coin # 7

Obverse of a Capped Die From India, coin number 7
Obverse of a Capped Die, a major mint error coin from India, coin number 7
Reverse of a Capped Die From India, coin number 7
Reverse of a Capped Die, a major mint error coin from India, coin number 7

Capped Die major mint error coin # 8: 2003 One Rupee

Obverse of a Capped Die From India, coin number 8
Reverse of a Capped Die, a major error coin from India, coin number 8
Reverse of a Capped Die From India, coin number 8
Obverse of a Capped Die, a major error coin from India, coin number 8

Capped Die major mint error coin #9

Obverse of a Capped Die From India, coin number 9
Obverse of a Capped Die, a major mint error coin from India, coin number 9
Reverse of a Capped Die From India, coin number 9
Reverse of a Capped Die, a major mint error coin from India, coin number 9

Capped Die major mint error coin #10

Capped die #10, is a nearly perfect example of a capped die. The obverse shows a high wall all the way around the coin. The reverse is nearly perfect, showing a bottle cap style design. It almost looks like a flying saucer !

Obverse of a Capped Die From India, coin number 10
Nearly perfect obverse of a Capped Die, a major mint error coin from India, coin number 9
Reverse of a Capped Die From India, coin number 10
Nearly perfect reverse of a Capped Die, a major mint error coin from India, coin number 9

Now, the answer to the “what kind of major error is this?” from the top of this post:

Answer: It is a capped die which has been multi-struck.. So the coin has two errors. It looks like an early stage capped die, much like the 25 Paise capped dies above. Then, when the die cap was released from the die, it took an additional strike before exiting the striking chamber.


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