India 25 Paise Die Cap Major Mint Error Coin – 1996 Obverse Capped Die
Up for sale is an India 25 Paise Die Cap Major Mint Error Coin. This Major Mint Error was purchased direct from a error coin dealer in India. This India 25 Paise Die Cap Major Mint Error Coin is about the size of a United States dime (10 cent piece).
This coin was originally struck off center.
This is an obverse capped die. The coin was struck in 1996.
This coin is in stock and ready to ship
The SKU for this coin is India-EC-DC-0003
Please see the photos for overall condition of the coin.
What is a Capped die?
- A capped die occurs when a planchet (coin blank) is struck by the hammer die of the minting press. For some reason the coin affixes (or attaches itself) to that hammer die. In most cases the coin that is stuck on the hammer die covers the majority of that hammer die.
- When a new coin blank is sent into the press to be made into a coin, the capped die cannot send the proper die impression to one side of the coin blank because it is covered.
- With the anvil die clear, the new coin blank gets fed into the press. The capped die presses onto the new coin blank but cannot transfer the hammer die image. The anvil die normally will transfer the die image without any issues. The end result for a capped die is basically ending up with a one sided coin.
- Once a die cap occurs, the coins that are struck while a capped die is in place in most instances are labeled as “struck through capped die” coins. Some error experts call these struck through capped dies “Uniface strikes” meaning a die cap which adhered to the die, forming itself in the shape of a die and striking blank planchets.
- The minting press does not care that a die is capped. It will continue to hammer coins. As the capped die continues to hammer coins, each strike will make the attached coin a little thinner. The metal will begin to climb around the outside of the die forming an elevated rim.
- There are normally three ways a die cap will be removed. A mint worker will recognize the die has been capped, stop the coins from entering the minting press and stop the press. The mint worker will then remove the die cap manually.
- The second scenario is that the metal of the capped die will simply become so thin that the coin itself will fall apart.
- The third scenario may involve another coin being struck out of the collar, causing the capped die to take an odd strike and potentially loosening the die cap to where it falls off. This is likely to happen to a die cap that is off center.
- In some cases, if planchets are stopped from entering the striking chamber, the capped die can then have the anvil die image pressed onto the capped die as the worker shuts off the minting press to clear the capped die.
Three photographs are available for viewing. The obverse displays an off center strike with a slanted raised rim. The reverse also displays an off center strike with a classic “bottle cap” on approximately 50% of the coin. The third photograph displays a close up of the die cap high rim of this India 25 Paise Die Cap Major Mint Error Coin.
India 25 Paise Die Cap Major Mint Error Coin – 1996 – They are very limited !
The India 25 Paise coin was struck in 2002, the last year the coin was produced. We were only able to purchase a total of five 25 Paise die caps and of the five, we were only able to find two of the 2002 India 25 Paise Die Cap Major Mint Error coins. They are extremely difficult to find.
We have consulted a few error collectors and they have agreed this is a legit die cap.
India is known for allowing major mint error coins to escape the India mints. They seem a little more plentiful than the United States major error coins, until an auction house in July 2021 listed over 1,390 major mint error coins from the United States.
In that auction, there were a significant amount of off-center and multiple-struck error coins in that auction. The auction started at 8pm and ended at 445am the next morning. All 1390+ major error coins lots were in one single auction.
The price of this 2002 India 25 Paise Die Cap Major Mint Error coin is competitively priced.
Please view the photographs to determine the overall condition and grade of this coin.
For more information about major mint errors, specifically die caps please see this post: 2020 Incredible Capped Die major mint error (minterrors.org)
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