huge internal cud?
- While I'm at it, I thought I'd revisit a strange cent that's also in
the "capped die strikes" album. You can see a little bit of
a "ghost" of Lincoln at the southern and northern poles, but most of
the ghost is replaced by a large bulge smack in the center of the
obverse. The fact that you can see any part of Lincoln indicates
that the cap was thin enough for the obverse design to bleed through.
What, then, explains the bulge? In order to have a raised feature
that's higher than the design, you'd have to have a defect in the
die. Could this bulge represent a very large internal cud in the
middle of the die face, that was subsequently covered over by a
developing die cap? This happens all the time for split dies.
The reverse shows no weakness, but the die cap could have provided
enough resistance to the impact of the reverse die to create a normal
Is there another explanation? Feel free to chime in with your ideas.