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1892 Obverse 2 Cents
The Royal Mint used two known obverse 2 dies to mint cents dated 1892. Since this was the last year that they used obverse 2 dies, it seems apparent that they merely consumed the remaining obverse 2 dies in their inventory during this year. 1892 cents from either die are scarce and command a premium over 1892 obverse 3 and 4 cents.
One of the dies known to have struck 1892 obverse 2 cents was sunk from Turner Punch O2R. This die had the distinctive cleft chin and wider truncation of obverse 2 (see the page on Victorian cent obverses). It also had a distinctive broken lower serif on the letter "D" of DEI. The rest of the obverse legends were relatively intact. This die developed no known die cracks.
This die has an intact lower left serif on the "N" in REGINA. The only other obverse 2 die used in 1892, described below, does not.
Although 1892 obverse 2 cents from either die are scarce, coins from this die seem considerably harder to find.
The only other known die used to mint 1892 obverse 2 cents was sunk from Turner Punch O2S. This punch also had the normal obverse 2 characteristics and the missing lower serif on the "D" in DEI. In addition, it displayed a missing lower serif on the "N" in REGINA and a missing upper serif on the "D" in CANADA.
This die also developed a very visible die crack through the "A" in GRATIA.
Although coins from this die are more common than those from the O2R die shown above, they are also scarce.
If, after examining the monarch's chin (see the page on Victorian obverses) of an 1892 cent, you are unsure if it displays obverse 2 or obverse 4, check the serifs on the "D" in DEI. On an 1892 obverse 2 cent, the lower serif is broken. On an 1892 obverse 4 cent, it is intact.