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Seychelles, A Report of 1977 Rupee and 50c With MANCHAM Obverse

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#1 Britcoin

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:13 PM

Just to report that DNW have just sold a lot in their auction of one week ago that included two coins:

 

- Seychelles 1977 One Rupee with Mancham obverse, evidently a trial piece not noted in catalogues.

- Seychelles 1977 50c with Mancha obverse, also evidently a trial piece that is not noted in catalogues.

 

These two piece appear of specimen quality and quite similar to the many trial pieces that have come to market in the last several years that were struck by the Kings Norton Mint in Birmingham, UK. I don't know if that is their origin however.

 

I did an extensive internet search and was only able to find that DNW had previously in 2014 and 2015 sold similar two coin lots that appear from the photographs to be DIFFERENT coins.

 

It is interesting to note that a common 1977 Silver collector crown was released with Mancham obverse, but otherwise no currency circulation pieces of either that denomination or any other could be found.

 

Also interesting is that in 2014, the slightly inferior coins (compared to most recent offering) sold for 720 pounds & in 2015 the set was not really fought over and sold at 300, versus the last week sale price of 500.



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 01:48 AM

At the Baltimore show yesterday, I was told that no Mancham pattern coins were known to the major handler of the KN releases and so the origin is for now still a mystery.



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 02:08 AM

So the mystery still lingers?



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 04:02 AM

Yes, as he was sacked in 1976 the coins were pending and then evidently not struck for currency. Who had the contract? Well, maybe KN or maybe not as the dealer did not recall seeing these (although there were 1975 and 1981 coins for Seychelles struck by King's Norton). Will post if I find out...



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 05:43 AM

:bthumbsup:



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 03:58 AM

I've got the coins at PCGS for grading so will report and at least link to pictures as they are available. I have not been able to find further information on these.






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