Franklin Variety Index

Bugs Bunny Clashes

For each date in the series, the Franklin Variety Index seeks to identify first the specific positions and then, where possible, the specific die pairs known for each date. The distinction is important because many of today’s popularly collected clashes are merely different stages of the same die, 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 the remaining clashing to degrade and fade over time, also creating new stages.

For each date, the FVI variety coding will indicate the clash position using a capital letter; A, B, C, D, E, etc. Those positions are defined below. Then, each known die pair in that clash position will be given a number, 1, 2, 3, 4, etc., to distinguish it. Finally, a lowercase letter, a, b, c, d, etc., will be used to note advancing die states, when they are relevant and worthy of recognition in the catalog.

For instance, let’s say 1949-P has multiple clashed die pairs in the B Position.

These would be catalogued as follows:

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B – 1

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B – 2

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B – 3

These are three separate die pairs, all showing a clash in the B position. If an additional die is discovered, it would be labeled, 1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B – 4, and so on. A clash found in the A position is would be called 1949 FVI Bugs Bunny A – 1.

A noteworthy advanced die state of 1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B – 2 would be recognized as 1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B – 2a, as it is the next stage or “a” stage of an already recognized die variety. This is a standard notation practice for die variety catalogs.

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 touch outside of upper lip, but not fork it. The clashing will primarily exist in the form of one or more spikes jutting out into in the field from the lip. Usually 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 by the tip of a wing feather, where the tip meets the side of the feather.

“Bugs Bunny” Position C

One or more clash lines extend down from the base of Franklin’s nose or from the corner of the lip and nose; and, importantly, also from the lip or mouth. The lip clash will most often be right at the tip and pointing downward, or inside the mouth.

“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 have little to no impact on the lip or mouth. The lip could be veryslightly drawn or warped, right at the corner of lip and nose, on some dies.

 “Bugs Bunny” Position E

One of more clash lines appear to float in the field between lip and nose, but do not touch either feature.

“Bugs Bunny” Position F

Die clashing lines appear only inside Franklin’s mouth only, often resembling teeth or raised lines lacing his lips shut. This was caused by the wing imprinting extra low and directly over Franklin’s mouth. These can be difficult to spot at first. Franklin obverse 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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Bugs Bunny Clashes 1948 - 1952

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