Are Die Cracks of any significance ?
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How true is it that sometimes die cracks add to the value of a coin ? Are they of any significance ? For example, for the type of coin below, I have never (either on-line or in hand) come across multiple cracks (across the crown & right below/along the bust on the obverse). Also, could the region on the reverse around the '8', which looks slightly elevated be a die break ?

 

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It depends on the series and the collectors that collect that series; take bust half's for example; it seems that many collectors of that series seek out coins with die cracks.  Also at times die cracks are used as markers to identify a low mintage rare coin where only one die pair is know to have been used.  As to the coin you posted I don't collect darkside so I cannot comment on the die cracks, however, the raised area  under the "8" looks like a die clash to me.

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4 hours ago, joydeep said:

How true is it that sometimes die cracks add to the value of a coin ? Are they of any significance ? 

It depends on the coin and the potential buyer. Someone like me, who thinks that they add character to the coin, might be willing to pay more for one, especially one with multiple cracks.  Other collectors only like pristine coins, so will shy away from those with die cracks or other "problems." In some cases, a die crack may actually cause a coin to sell for less. For example,  in a case where most of the known examples of a given coin are from a cracked die, a piece without cracks may bring more money than one with.

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They are of significance because they are a die identifier and a diagnostic of the die state which may be of interest to collectors of certain coins.  For the great majority of coins, it will not add value.  Hopefully, you can enjoy its relative uniqueness, compared to the rest of the population, without caring about whether it has any extra value.

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I would say in general a die crack does not add value unless it is an identifying feature of a specific rare die stage of a given variety.

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