Generally, when we receive submissions bearing substantial varieties or errors, collectors and dealers alike are keen to point these out to us so as to potentially have them mentioned on the label, but this was not the case with this interesting Sardinian 20 Lire coin struck in 1849. Submitted as a normal example, it was only during the grading process that the coin’s fascinating variety was brought to light.
Sporting the Turin eagle’s head mint mark as well as a fascinating obverse die clash, the overall condition of this piece, as well as the boldness of the variety make it a truly exceptional specimen. Other than being free of the usual post minting defects which are typical of Italian coins of the era, this item retains an appealing, original hue. The centering and quality of strike are also of note, as this type was susceptible to die wear, especially on the obverse.
Turning now to the clash itself, it is most evident in the lower left portion of the obverse inscription, particularly between the words “CAR.” and “ALBERTUS” (shown above). In this field, one may clearly see the incuse impression of “DVX” transferred from the reverse. For those not familiar with die clash errors, this result is produced when the two dies come together in the press without a planchet being between them. When this occurs, the dies sometimes do their job, except on one another, thus leaving impressions of each other on each other. If the clash was distinct enough, these details are in turn transferred to future coins produced with the damaged set of dies.
Between the solid overall condition of the piece and this interesting variety, this coin certainly qualifies as an exceptional submission.