Franklin Variety Index

Bugs Bunny Clashes

For each date, the Franklin Variety Index seeks to identify the specific positions known, and also the specific die pair, when possible. These distinctions are important, as some dates have multiple clashes with widely varying degrees of desirability. Also, many of today’s popularly collected clashes are merely different stages of the same die variety, rather than separate and distinct varieties. Often, the Mint tried to remove the clash lines from the dies, creating new stages of the same clashes. Additionally, die wear from continued and excessive use often caused clashing to degrade and fade over time, creating further stages. Some of the late stages are simply degraded, less desirable stages of great varieties.

As other numbering systems are inadequate, a coding system has been created exclusively for the FVI Catalog. For each date, the simple to understand FVI variety code will indicate the clash position using a capital letter; A, B, C, D, E. Those positions are defined below. Then, each known die pair in that position is distinguished with a number; 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Finally, when advancing die states are both relevant and worthy of recognition in the catalog, they will be defined with lowercase letters, a, b, c, d, etc., after the number. The prime die state stands along, while each advanced stage receives a letter. This is a standard notation practice for die variety catalogs, such as the Overton and Browning catalogs for Bust halves and Bust quarters.

For instance, 1949-P was a particularly fascinating and active date, with multiple clashes and die states. They break down is as follows:

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny A – 1

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B – 1

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B – 2

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B – 2a

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B – 2b

There is only one die pair showing a Bugs Bunny clash in the A position for 1949. There are two die varieties with a Bugs Bunny in the B position. Furthermore, one B Position die pair goes through significant transformations, creating three important die states that resemble different varieties. You will see!

If this system seems too complicated, you need only compare what you have to the images provided. The corresponding variety number is your attribution.

Defining Positions

Bugs Bunny Position A

The classic “Bugs Bunny.” Clash lines directly over mouth that result in a marked distortion of the upper lip. Early stages will show strong teeth splitting the lip into at least two fangs. Late stages with die wear or die resurfacing may show only a deep notch on Franklin’s upper lip, due to the loss of finer details.

Bugs Bunny Position B

Clashing will either touch outside of upper lip, or be oriented toward it, but there will not be any forking of it. Often these spikes are long and sharp, like fangs, and are created by the sides of the eagle feathers. Sometimes the spike is L shaped because it was created point where the side and the tip of a wing feather coming together.

Bugs Bunny Position C

One or more clash lines show inside the mouth or at the tip of the lip, as well as extending down from under Franklin’s nose. This position requires the coin to show clashing in both areas.

Bugs Bunny Position D

One or more clash lines extend down from the base of Franklin’s nose, or from the corner of lip and nose, but there are no discernible clash lines on tip of lip or in mouth.

Bugs Bunny Position E

Die clashing lines, and sometimes lumps,appear ONLY inside Franklin’s mouth or right on the edge of the lip, often resembling teeth. These are unusual and caused by the wing imprinting extra low and directly over Franklin’s mouth, rather than over the upper lip. Dies are often seen with the mouth polished open in an attempt to removed mouth clashing. Heavy filing lines often remain inside. One must be careful not to confuse die scratches inside the mouth with die clashing.

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Franklin Variety Index

Bugs Bunny Clashes 1948 - 1952

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Bugs Bunny Clashes 1953 - 1957

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Bugs Bunny Clashes 1958 - 1963

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