Russia. Ivan III. AD 1462 to 1505. Brockage strike error.

Ancient Coins - Russia. Ivan III. AD 1462 to 1505. Brockage strike error.
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Denomination : Silver Denga.  Mint : Moscow.

Reference : Sp. 75-5-6

Size : 9.1 x 13.4 mm. Weight : 0.42 grams.

This is a fairly small coin.

Grade : gVF but a brockage error.

Obverse : Incuse brockage strike of the reverse.

Reverse : Flower with a Cyrillic inscription naming the mint around.

These small coins are commonly known as wire money as they were struck on flans cut from lengths of wire.  All have shear marks at the ends, resulting from how the wire was cut up.  The flans are generally smaller than the dies, so only very rarely will very well centered specimens with everything on the flan be encountered (never for some issues).

A brockage error occures when one coin is stuck in the dies and acts as a positive die while striking the next coin.  The result is a coin with the same design on both sides but one of them an incuse mirror image of the other.  Brockages occure occassionally in most series of coins, but it has recently occured to me that the only way one of these wire money can have a brockage strike is if the flans were already separted before striking (where is no way for a long strip of wire to stick in the dies).

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