1944S Florin Struck on a Shilling Planchet

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1944-S Florin struck on the Wrong Planchet
1944-S Florin struck on the Wrong Planchet
At last night’s monthly meeting a member showed an Australian florin struck in 1944 at the San Francisco Mint. Struck, in fact on a planchet intended for a shilling coin and graded by PCGS at MS63. Noted on the holder was the weight of 5.65g the same as that of the Australian shilling. We discussed the features of the coin that made it stand out as a genuine error coin and not just a damaged or tooled coin (PMD). Clearly visible on the coin is fishtailing of the base of the letters indicating metal flow outwards as the planchet was smaller than the intended florin. See the closeup below of the fishtailed legends.

Fishtailing of the Legends
Fishtailing of the Legends