Re: Tougher than you might think?
- --- In email@example.com, "stevenamills"
> Putting together my type set has brought to mind several typeswhich
> I feel are probably scarcer than we might think. Please understand,know
> this is not an empirically proved, but just my impression after
> hanging around this crazy hobby for a number of years (I actually
> wrote a column for Error Trends BEFORE A.M. bought it - I don't
> why I mention this except to verify I'm OLD!).Wow. You do go way back.
>Very rare, except for partial counterbrockages. All of the partial
> Anyway, here's the list - would appreciate comments:
> True early counterbrockage
counterbrockages I've seen seem to be first-strike counterbrockages
with full peripheral lettering. Early stage, centered
counterbrockages are quite difficult to find.
> Early stage full brockageI agree that these are generally rare. However, in recent years,
full, centered, first-strike brockage/broadstrikes became quite
common among cents, and could be found in lesser numbers in nickels
and dimes. Those days are now past, unfortunately.
> Thick stock (dime on quarter etc.)Always scarcer than thin stock.
> Type I blanksQuite a bit rarer than Type II planchets. I'd say the latter
outnumber the former 20-to-1.
> Chain strikes - and their mated setsMated chain strikes are quite rare. Isolated chain strikes (half of
a pair) are not that hard to come by in cents and nickels, in my
> Double strikes - 1 on = 1 off - all die struckThese are indeed quite a bit scarcer than uniface off-center second
> Retained cudThese seem pretty common on the reverse of wheat cents. There are a
fair number known from the reverse of Washington quarters.
Scarcest of all are retained cuds associated with the hammer die.
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