Filled Dies vs Clashed and Over-Polished Dies

Any thoughts on how the 1937-D Buffalo Nickel lost its leg, and how the 1922 Lincoln Cent, minted at the Denver Mint (only), has no mint mark for some of the strikes?

I understand for the 1922 Plain Lincoln Cent there are 7 die pair/varieties for the 'plain'.

I look forward to hearing from the Numismatists of America.


6 years ago

I recall reading that a press operator at the Mint used an emery board to smooth away a rough patch which resulted in the missing leg of the 1937 buffalo.

6 years ago

As far as the 1922 no D the answer is on page 402 in the deluxe red book. It's a wealth of information and you should consider picking one up. For me to write the whole story I would need a lot of room. Over use of dies was one problem there were other's. Mike

6 years ago

A followup to my original post.

My first choice on the missing leg is a filled die. Why--because a die has an incuse image, and an incuse image cannot be abraded off because it is below the field of the die. And, filled dies are common 'minting errors'.

Another thought, but it will require verification with a depth gauge and other accurate measuring devices (I have none), is that lapping was performed on the die, resulting in removal of die material (field) down to the level of the right front leg. This might also be the reason E PLURIBUS UNUM is further away from the back of the buffalo, and the right rear leg is 'weak'. Why the pitting in the field under the belly of the buffalo was not removed also, does not make sense, unless it was realized too much die material would have to be removed by lapping, resulting in an unacceptable loss of detail.

5 years ago
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