1920 Penny Collectors – Win 1 oz of Silver

Now that TEC has your attention, this offer is directed to collectors of 1920 pennies or internet sleuths of exceptional talent. The game is very simple.

Neal Effendi 6, Les 1

Any pre-decimal bronze collector chasing bronze varieties in 1920 will know Neal Effendi. If not, introductions and reams of research will be made available for TEC readers moving forward. Click on the link below to start some essential reading.

If memory serves this author correctly, the Calcutta Mint expedited 20 pairs of dies for 1920 to Melbourne Mint. Six pairs were delivered hardened for immediate use. Since Calcutta did not know the die fittings for Sydney Mint machinery, the bulk of the steel dies were delivered soft so they could be machined to Sydney requirements and then hardened off.

Neal’s reasoning is that on the basis of this, there should be SIX no dot pairs put into circulation and available to collectors. This author’s reasoning is that only ONE pair of dies appear to be of the No Dot variety. That’s a blog post for another day.

The sole example of a 1920 No Dot Proof Penny graded by PCGS.

Image 1. The sole example of a 1920 No Dot Proof Penny graded by PCGS. Click on the image to see the cert.

The 1920 Penny Collector’s Should Know

Images 3 – 5 shows the die marker progression of the PR example above.

The 1920 no dot die marker when fresh - a blob before the 1 in the date.

Image 2. The Proof example (image 1) has a specific die marker – a die chip creating a blob.

 

The 1920 no dot die marker when fresh - a blob before the 1 in the date with hairline cracking in date.

Image 3. The blob is visible as is the initial hairline cracks in the date.

 

Image 4. The best known die marker is this particular die cracking under the 2 and 0 and through the 1 and 9.

By coincidence, Philatelics is auctioning the finest 1920 No Dot of die markers previously mentioned that this author has ever seen (below). The crack and blob are clearly visible. Click on the image to see the coin’s listing on the auction website.

Image 6. The finest 1920 No Dot this author has seen to-date. Image courtesy of Philatelics (Australia).

Image 5. The finest 1920 No Dot this author has seen to-date. Image courtesy of Philatelics (Australia). Sale 149, Lot 1447.

How to Win 1 oz of Silver

This author has demonstrated – using images 1 – 5 – a single example of a 1920 No Dot Penny many collectors would know about and possibly own. The finest pop registries of PCGS bronze Australian pre-decimal coins all illustrate this same die.

If you have – or know of – another example that is conclusively shown to be a No Dot penny, please paste in comments below or in the FB post for @topendcoins that will link to this article. 

A word of warning – just because PCGS labelled it a 1920 No Dot DOES NOT MAKE IT SO.

1920 Penny Collectors – Show Me the Die Markers

If you are in possession of high grade 1920 pennies with No Dots visible, you’re a winner. It’s much easier to confirm a fresh die. That is because an old die with grease fill that makes the dot ‘magically’ disappear requires me to conduct research to locate an example that negates the variety.

The 1 oz coin as reward will be a Perth Mint Koala coin of any date in stock. It will be sent by registered mail. The collector will also have their name attributed to that particular die variety in future articles by this author. Therefore, the 1 oz coin will be mailed once the example illustrated has been validated with a 2nd (and preferably) third or more examples.