Die Cracks

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Gilbert, Oct 16, 2021.

  1. Gilbert

    Gilbert Part time collector Supporter

    This Seated Liberty Half was recently won at an auction. Once it was photographed I had a chance to really look at it and the reverse die crack really impressed me. I can’t recall any discussion on the pros and cons of die cracks, so will ask your opinion. Do you find die cracks objectionable or distracting? Would a die crack give you pause before making a purchase?

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  3. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    Depends on the coin. Generally I think they give a bit of character. Also they are desirable if you are charting die life and stages
  4. COOPER12

    COOPER12 Well-Known Member

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  5. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    It depends entirely upon what your collecting goals might be.

    If you want an absolutely pristine, premium coin with fantastic strike, grade and eye appeal for say, your type set, then a coin with a die crack might not be the one you want.

    OTOH, if you are a date and mintmark collector of a series, you may not have a choice for a particular date and/or MM since the only coins available might have a die crack.

    A third choice is if you are a die variety and/or die state collector, in which case you absolutely are desirous of collecting coins with die cracks.

    And a fourth choice is just if you find die cracks, clashes, and other types of early minting issues part of the coin's charm.

    I happen to fall into all four categories depending upon which of my collecting categories is being discussed.
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    KBBPLL Well-Known Member

    I'm in the @Publius2 4th category. Most of the coins I collect are pretty common, so when I find a crack or clash it adds uniqueness and interest. I can understand where a lot of collectors fall into the first category.
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  7. 1stSgt22

    1stSgt22 Well-Known Member

    Very nice!
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  8. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    I'm not into errors nor varieties, but always find them interesting when I stumble upon one.
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  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Nice to have and better to find one but I don’t build my collection around them.
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  10. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    Here is an 1843 with interesting die cracks on the reverse. I like it.
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  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I think that due was close to shattering. Nice example.
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  12. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I enjoy a nice crack.
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  13. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    @Publius2 pretty much spoke for me also. Collecting Overton and VAM varieties can be very rewarding.
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  14. Hambone1946

    Hambone1946 Well-Known Member

    How about a bunch of cracks.
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  15. Gilbert

    Gilbert Part time collector Supporter

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  17. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    The die crack does not distract from the beauty of the coin. A win win for you, great. Definitely a keeper, thanks for the look-see.
  18. KBBPLL

    KBBPLL Well-Known Member

    I don't think I've ever seen a coin with that many die cracks. I can't even count them all.
  19. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    I love Standing Liberties. I've only got to that are about worn out. I did get the 2016 Gold Standing Liberty Quarter. Thanks for showing us your special die crack Standing Liberty.
  20. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    I think die cracks, clashes and the such, add interest and history to the coin, so it might even be a reason I'd bid or buy a coin.
    The clash on this coin was the only reason I bought it.
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  21. Vertigo

    Vertigo Did someone say bust?

    A die crack is part of a variety. Whether it is an r1 or r7 it is a variety. That crack might make that hundred dollar coin worth a thousand. Who cares?
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