Well done the Mail

The coin, which was struck on curpronickel, when it should have been gold, will go under the hammer at Charterhouse Auctions in Sherborne, Dorset on Friday.

Err, no.

A two pence piece that was accidentally made in the wrong metal is set to sell for 50,000 times its face value.

The coin was struck in cupronickel, the blend of copper and nickel formerly used for 10p and 5p coins, when it should have been bronze.

9 comments on “Well done the Mail

  1. Leave be, Tim: a pendant could waste his entire life correcting the increasingly unsubbed press. My personal DM favourite of the past week is the “topiary ewes”.

  2. I must say, I don’t understand this story.
    As far as I’m aware, minting coins is a two stage process. The blanks are punched out of strip or sheet & then the coins are struck from the blanks. (As the Fail story implies) Given there’s a size difference between 2p’s & the CuNi coins struck in ’88, a CuNi blank intended for a CuNi coin, wouldn’t fit a die intended for a bronze coin.
    Given that there was thickness difference between the old 10p & 2p & coin minting’s a continuous process operation, it sounds more likely this was some CuNi stock rolled to the 2p thickness for a test run. Maybe to check for die accuracy. Maybe to check for alloy consistency. So could be a coin from a test run’s somehow got itself into the product output stream.
    This sort of machinery’s pretty sensitive to the parameters of the material fed into it, so the explanation in the Fail doesn’t seem likely

  3. The whole article seems like a load of nonsense. I’ve had one of those coins in my change, and judging by the comments on the Fail I’m not alone.

  4. @Dave
    Are you sure it was a CuNi 2p? It’s a fairly easy exercise to plate a copper coin to look like silver. Then it can be passed in change as the higher value coin. It’s a low level scam’s been around for years. Kids do it. (#innocent face)

  5. I’m not sure of anything – it came in a handful of change, and it was years ago. I remember we did a few basic tests – it was magnetic, and not plated.

    Now you mention it, yes, it is easy to plate a coin – I electroplated a few while messing about in the electronics lab at school.

  6. “a pendant could waste his entire life correcting the increasingly unsubbed press” Ljh

    Can I rather pedantically point out that a pendant is something you wear hanging from your neck?

  7. Only if I can pendantically point out that the whole pedant / pendant thing is an ongoing gag on here, derived from Polly Toynbee referring to our host as a “pendant”. For details, see the “Vainglory” section on the right sidebar.

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