Malaysia Split Planchet Before Strike Error Coin.Extremely Thin. 


There are also two different forms of split planchet,those that split before the coin is struck, and those that split after.

Malaysia.1985.50 Cents.
Split Planchet Before Strike.Obverse.
(Dickson Niew Collection)
Coins struck on split planchets, when the split occurs before striking, can appear very similar to die adjustment strikes. They will exhibit a varying degree of weakness to the obverse and reverse depending on the thickness of the planchet.

Malaysia.1985.50 Cents.
Split Planchet Before Strike.Reverse.
(Dickson Niew Collection)
If a coin splits before striking, the result is usually a weakly struck coin due to the fact that the split planchet is too thin to fill the space between the dies.  

Coins split before the strike are more scarce, but neither is especially rare.


A very cool error coin with great eye appeal.
Still in very good condition,strong gloss lustre.I found it last week from a veteran collector,he has been keeping this coin for more than twenty years.After he knows that I am a serious mint errors collector,he allowed me to inherit his collections.

The weight of this coin is only 3.52gm compared to its normal weight of 9.33gm.Thickness is 1.08mm,its normal thickness was 2.18mm.The measurement of 1.08mm was the thickness taken at the center of the coin,it gets thinner and thinner towards the edge of the coin.The thickness of the edge is only about 1/4 of the normal 50 Cents coin.

Thickness Comparison Between A Normal 50 Cents And My Split Planchet Before Strike Error Coin.




  1. Mr Dickson,
    I can't comment too much right now because I am too engulfed with envy and jealousy with your specimen here. Arghhh I wish I can have a piece too.

  2. Hi Dickson,
    Wow, beautiful split planchet.
    Hmm..Dickson, maybe it is right to say 'birds of the same feathers flock together', haha.
    Coincidentally, we seem to have one that looks like your specimen here.
    Bigger size but proportionately heavier than yours here.
    Wonder if its the same type of error?
    We will be posting it soon in our blog for your kind verification.
    Congratulations and thanking you in advance, Dickson :)

  3. I am an error nut myself but I have never seen so many error variations and had you not started this blog, I wouldn't have known that such errors were even possible!

  4. Dear mnfaj,
    Welcome.Be cool,sometime things just happen beyound your expectation as long you work hard and be very persistent.Good luck.

  5. Hi whycollect,looking forward to your specimen,hope to find a "brother" for her!Haha!
    Actually,this coin came to me out of my expectation,I went to meet up with this collector for something else!

  6. Dear malayastraitsbanknotes,nice to hear you again.
    When I showed to Mr.Tan Tai Seng,Bob Chew and Tony Au,they have not seen such error coin also.
    I am considered myself a little bit more lucky,after all,I didn't pay high price for it.Cheer.

  7. Hi Dickson,
    Sorry for the delay in our posting.
    Phew, a hard day's work non stop.
    We've posted the specimen with us in our blog.
    Would most appreciate if you could help us to take a look to see what it is.
    Haha, after comparing with yours here, we found yours' truly exceptional because it was so thin, only a 1/4 of the normal thickness.
    Yes, this is the first time we've seen such a comparatively thin coin among the same type.
    Phiit, you're really lucky.
    Like the Cantonese saying, "money very pigeon's eyes wan'.
    Haha, guess just like the saying, the best errors normally will try to find the best homes, haha.
    Honestly, we are indeed very happy that you've found this coin.
    Thanks a lot for sharing, Dickson :)

  8. Hi,

    Can I know,what is RSP:RM699.00??

  9. Salam Mr Dickson,

    Macam mana nak tahu 'Split Planchet Before Strike' yang asli?

    Terima kasih Mr Dickson...

  10. Afiz Nizam,
    Jawapannya semua berada didalam post atas ini. Biasanya lebih nipis dan designnya mempunyai latar belakang yang berjalur-jalur.