Obverse Die Fingerprints

Below is a list of each identified obverse die together with images illustrating cracks and breaks on the most extreme examples in our collection.  You can then follow those links to the die page for a more detailed discussion on that die.  Dies that show no cracks on coins in our inventory are also noted and can be followed to their respective die pages.

Die

Potential Cracks and Breaks

Late Stage Image

 

 

 

 

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  • In the earliest example in our collection there are coins with no die cracks
  • A single die crack below the E in the legend appears and extends downward to just above the second star below the E
  • The die crack is visible on only two of our coins, both toned

 

 

The Aging 1D

Submissions

Clashed Denticle

Date Issues

Encyclopedia

New Orleans and the Mint in 1881

The Devolving 5

One and Done

Two and Through

Fakes

Die Fingerprints

 

The Aging 1D

Submissions

Clashed Denticle

Date Issues

Encyclopedia

New Orleans and the Mint in 1881

The Devolving 5

One and Done

Two and Through

Fakes

Die Fingerprints

 

 

 

 

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4

  • This die does appear without cracks or breaks when paired with Reverse Die g to for VAM 9
  • There is conflicting information on later pairing with Reverse Die k and after use began to fail
  • All the die cracks appear around the periphery of the die with the exception of a small crack at the base of the neck
  • There were no signs of polishing between the two uses of the die
  • Further work is needed to determine if there were two uses of the die

 

 

 

 

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8

  • Our only example is an MS64DMPL and exhibits no die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present, which we take to be a die break

 

 

 

 

9

  • As a common VAM we have many examples, the highest graded is an MS64+
  • Of the 18 coins reviewed none had any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present, which we take to be a die break

 

 

 

 

 

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11

  • We have five examples, all Mint State coins
  • None show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present, which we take to be a die break

 

 

 

 

 

12

  • We have five examples, but only two Mint State coins
  • The most advanced is an MS 62 with long die cracks from about 6 o'clock around to 9 o'clock
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present, which we take to be a die break

 

 

 

 

 

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16

  • We have many examples, but none that are Mint State, so our analysis is from our best AU 58 example
  • The coin exhibits several short die cracks which are interspersed among the date and left stars
  • One of the cracks terminates into the point of Liberty's bust, making this somewhat unique
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present, which we take to be a die break, but it is so tiny it can only be seen with magnification

 

 

 

 

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  • We have many examples that span from AU 58 up through MS 64 and these cracks are visible on most, but not all
  • The coin exhibits several short die cracks which are interspersed among the date and left stars
  • One of the cracks terminates below the point of Liberty's bust, and then continues over between the 1 and 8
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present, which we take to be a die break

 

 

 

 

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27

  • We have many examples that span from Good 04 up through MS 64 and these cracks are visible on only some of the MS coins
  • The coin exhibits a long die crack which connects the stars
  • One of the cracks terminates below the point of Liberty's bust, and then extends down to the rim
  • There are unique internal cracks across Liberty's neck and hair, on the Phrygian cap, and through UNUM
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present, which we take to be a die break

 

 

 

 

28

  • We have two examples, both below Mint State
  • Neither show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is missing from this die

 

 

 

 

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31

  • We have four examples, ranging in grade from AU 58 to MS 62.
  • None show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is missing from this die

 

 

 

 

 

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33

  • In the earliest examples in our collection there are coins with no die cracks
  • Cracks appear in front of and behind Liberty's head
  • All of the cracks are superficial

 

 

 

 

 

34

  • In the earliest example in our collection there are coins with no die cracks
  • A single die crack above and below the E in the legend appears and grows
  • There is a clashed example where the die is showing fatigue toward the rim
  • On the VAM 53 it is the reverse that has the most interesting die issues

 

 

 

 

35

  • We have seventeen examples, ranging in grade from MS 61 to MS 63 DMPL.
  • None show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present on this die

 

 

 

 

 

36

  • We have only one example, an AU 50
  • It does not show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is missing on this die

 

 

 

 

 

37

  • We have only three examples, ranging in grade from MS 62 to MS 64
  • None show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present on this die, but as a very light feature

 

 

 

 

 

38

  • We have three examples, ranging in grade from MS 61 to MS 62
  • None show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is missing on this die

 

 

 

 

39

  • We only one example, an MS 62 and also our discovery coin
  • It does not show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is missing on this die

 

 

 

 

 

40

  • We have six examples, ranging in grade from MS 62 to MS 64
  • None show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present on this die

 

 

 

 

 

41

  • We only one example, an MS 62 and also our discovery coin
  • It does not show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present on this die

 

 

 

 

 

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43

  • All four of our examples exhibit the same small die crack, a single crack above and below the E in front of Liberty's eye
  • There is a faint Spike in 8 on this die

 

 

 

 

 

44

  • We have six examples, ranging in grade from AU 50 to MS 62 DMPL
  • None show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is missing on this die

 

 

 

 

 

45

  • All four of our examples exhibit the same series of die cracks to some degree
  • There is a crack running from the second left star down through the date
  • Another crack extends through the third through fifth right stars
  • At the top above Liberty's crown there are new cracks just appearing in the RIB area
  • There is no Spike in 8 on this die

 

 

 

 

46

  • We only have two examples, an MS 62 and our discovery coin, an MS 63
  • It does not show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present on this die

 

 

 

 

47

  • We only have one example, an AU 53, our discovery coin
  • It does not show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is present on this die

 

 

 

 

 

48

  • We only have two examples, an AU 53 and our discovery coin, which is ungraded
  • Neither show any die cracks or breaks in the fields or on devices
  • The familiar "Spike in 8" feature is not present on this die