Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Evan Saltis, Jan 23, 2021.
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I commend you and at the same time am a bit perplexed as to what's the fascination with some of these very very minor changes from coin-to-coin.
I myself am not particularly interested- as gathering many of these would not be affordable. Even if I cracked open the jar of unc steelies in my profile pic
I just like to know what I have. I have no chance to get every Overton variety, but when I can I like to have the info
Yes, the die crack extends around nearly 2/3 of the coin. hard to photograph die cracks so can't really perfectly match it.
Is that all VAM is....die cracks ?
Any other series focused on die cracks ?
Good question. That's just how these guys started, with the die cracks. I'm not familiar with any series besides these Morgans being studied for die cracks.
You couldn't be further from the truth. Die cracks weren't considered at all when work on the VAM book was first started in the 1960s. A few were listed because of major die breaks, such as the 1888-O scarface, but most were based on die preparation differences. Repunched stuff, doubled dies, date positions, mint mark positions, mint mark punch shapes and sizes, hub changes. As more eyes turned toward these, starting in the late 1990s, more varieties were listed, again mostly due to the traditional variations in dies. Eventually, die cracks came in handy to confirm a match to or difference from a listed variety, but few were listed because of cracks. Within the past 5 years, cracks were listed as die markers to facilitate attributions, and some "displaced field breaks" (die cracks where the field is tilted differently on either side of the crack) were listed as subvarieties to break out die stages. Other series have people studying die cracks as well, including big copper, bust halves, and coins collected by CONECA numbers. Just like for VAMs, these indicate die stage and not a main feature for attribution, although their fingerprint nature can make them useful when attributing.
The OP coin is VAM 22A2, by the way.
I have an 1883 O I will be looking at next
All different, right ?
Yes. A die crack is the common, thin little cracks we see everywhere. A die break is where parts of the die are missing, the cracks widen, and/or there is evidence of the die falling apart. A die failure also includes other things that make the die no longer usable, such as excessive wear or collapse, sometimes due to the die being too soft.
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