Quality-wise, this Colonial Dump at about Very Fine is at least two grades higher than your average quality example. The Dump with a value of fifteen pence circulated widely in the colony. It is a fact that most Dumps are found today with minimal design attributes, gouges and knocks.
Not so with this coin. It is a beauty.
Two mainstream dies were used in the striking of the Colonial Dump, the D/2 and the A/1 dies. Over and above our quality protocols, we are particularly picky when selecting a D/2 Dump for most have some design shortcomings. The date can be partially obliterated. And the legend New South Wales can also be partially evident. (Historians suggest that the D/2 dies were the first dies used and that they were simply too large for the metal disc. Once Henshall realised that his coinage was lacking, he took up the A/1 dies.)
Now while we respect that these deficiencies reflect a problem with the die, it is truly exciting for us to see a D/2 Dump that has a complete date, 1813. And a complete New South Wales. And even the presence of some denticles.
This D/2 Dump is an exception to those most commonly seen, which is another reason why we say it is the Dump that has it all.
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