finds Harrison varieties
by Numismatic News
interesting varieties of 2009 Harrison
Presidential dollars from Philadelphia have been
discovered by F. Michael Fazzari of Independent
Coin Grading Service, who was prescreening
quantities for grading and encapsulation.
On one group of coins that he reviewed is a die
crack under Harrison’s bust. Early stages show a
small break in the rim continuing into the “9”
and just touching the bust.
On coins from a later die state, the crack
becomes wider and longer, continuing through the
President’s shirt and into his shoulder.
A different die crack on other coins is even
more visually compelling. This break forms a
circular arc under Harrison’s shoulder, Fazzari
says. As with the previous example, the crack
progresses in strength. Eventually the die
should have failed completely when the arc
shaped area broke off. This would leave a huge
void for planchet metal to fill, creating a blob
under the President’s bust.
Fazzari reports that fewer than 100 examples of
both varieties were found in rolls from the
No coins displaying a complete die failure were
found among the coins he reviewed. The Mint
might have caught them, but some lucky collector
might be in for a surprise.
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