Clipped, or just a bad day at the mint?

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A couple of hours on the stubble turned up the usual dross and poo but the day was saved by a Lizzie sixpence - why are these so (relatively) common. Surprising how a small find can lift the spirits.

I just wondered if the coin is clipped or were they having a bad day at the London mint?

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Clipped, and it's a great shame as the detail on that is lovely :thumbsup:
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figgis wrote: Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:13 pm Clipped, and it's a great shame as the detail on that is lovely :thumbsup:
Thanks for pointing out the detail. I've had a look at the heads on other sixpences I have and you are right :thumbsup:

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Yeah , the portraits are usually worn something rotten but yours is nice and crisp :thumbsup: I understand they were in circulation for some considerable time, and while that might explain the usual wear we see to the obverse it doesn't account for the fact that the reverse is invariably smart.

They do seem common finds. My first ever hammered was a E1 tanner and not in too bad a nick either.

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That's a nice one. :thumbsup:
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Lovely portrait, well done.
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That is a nice portrait too...i dont think any of mine are that crisp... :thumbsup:

Seems such a small amount to clip, but back then it all added up
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Blackadder43 wrote: Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:50 pm
Seems such a small amount to clip, but back then it all added up
A small bit off a big coin is less obvious than a big bit off a small coin. I think, back in the day, a sixpence could buy you 3 pints. The coin weighs 2.9g (should be 3g). If you clip 10 you've got a free pint :thumbsup:

Makes you wonder whether people checked their change and said "I'm not 'avin that - there's a bit missin'"
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That's a belter. :thumbsup:

A Lizzie sixpence was my first ever Hammered coin, it had a badly worn bust.

I'm not sure if I remember correctly, but I think someone told me that it wasn't uncommon, for people to try and remove her bust as she wasn't very popular? :Thinking:
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TerraEnglandia wrote: Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:27 pm
I'm not sure if I remember correctly, but I think someone told me that it wasn't uncommon, for people to try and remove her bust as she wasn't very popular? :Thinking:
Thanks. I'd heard that too but can't find a reference to it. I've sent an enquiry to the V&A and will post when I get a reply. Might make sense; as Figgis said, the wear on the obverse is always worse than the reverse.
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I think its just struck off center, whats missing on one side of the flan is extra on the other side :thumbsup:
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alloverover wrote: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:11 pm I think its just struck off center, whats missing on one side of the flan is extra on the other side :thumbsup:
I’m with Alloverover. Why clip it on that side when there’s excess on the other? That doesn’t make sense to me. I think it’s just mis-struck too :thumbsup:
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