Bugs Bunny Die Clashes 1948-1952

1948 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

Two clash marks angling near upper lip and suspended well below nose. Very crisp clashing. Crease through nose, letters behind head, bulge in field at neck has been freshly filed down. Bulge under eagle.

Scarce early stage, with freshly polished dies, reflective surfaces, and crisscrossing die lines.

1948 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1a

Stage A begins when the dies can no longer be described as semi-PL. The Bugs Bunny clash closest to the lip is often faint. Dies range from satiny frost to heavily granulated. Gradual die erosion caused various features to weaken. Most examples fall into this stage.

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1

Extreme clash of eagle's wing across mouth with clear forking of the lip. Crease through nose, letters behind head, large horn clash near neck. Nearly full outline of Franklin's bust on reverse. One of the most prolific Bugs Bunny dies in the series.

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

Two very long fangs protrude from lip and corner of nose.

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2

One small tear drop-like clash floats next to lip. Crisp, fresh dies.

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2a

The dies have clashed again, creating three additional tear drop clashes surrounding the first. Extensive new die polishing linesvisible.

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2b

Die erosion has erased the two lightest clashes, leaving the original clash and a horizontal clash line above it.

1949 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2c

The Bugs Bunny remains unchanged, though the dies have become extremely grainy. Two reverse die breaks have developed, resulting in tootsie roll-shaped die chips; one below the M in AMERICA, and the other between the bell lines in the lower left quadrant. Must show both die chips to be called B-2c.

1949-D FVI Bugs Bunny C-1

Three strong spikes; one from the nose, one from the corner, and one from the lip. Mouth polished open. Strong collar clash.

1949-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-1

One strong spike from nose. Vague distortions on lip, crease through nose, collar clash.

Bares some resemblance to 1949-D FVI Bugs Bunny C-1, but none of the die polishing lines match up and some clashes are positioned differently.

1949-S FVI Bugs Bunny D-1

A clash line drops from the nose, but is surrounded by heavy die filing lines. The extreme die polishing has resulted in fully Prooflike surfaces on both sides. Bulge under eagle's wing and light cap on bell shoulder.

This rare stage represent the first coins struck following the discover and polishing of the die.

1949-S FVI Bugs Bunny D-1a

The single clash under nose remains, and actually shows more clearly now that die wear has begun to erase the filing lines. Stage "a" begins when coin is no longer Prooflike. Thus, these will range from semi-PL to heavily frosted. Clash becomes indistinct in very late stages, and the desirableness is diminished as well.

1950 FVI Bugs Bunny C-1

Two strong clash lines coming from nose, some clashing in mouth. Crease through nose, strong collar and goiter clashing on neck and chin, faint clashing on reverse.

1950 FVI Bugs Bunny C-1a

Two clash lines from nose polished down to short nubs, faint clash inside open mouth. Nose polished away in front of eye. Other features of C-1 remain clear.

1950 FVI Bugs Bunny D-1

Two strong lines drop down from nose. Crease high on bridge of nose, strong letters behind head, horn shaped clash in field near neck but no collar clash. Only faint clashing on reverse.

1950 FVI Bugs Bunny D-1a

Only one noticeable clash line remains visible under nose. Some other features also less distinct, but visible, due to extra frosty and eroded dies.

1950-D FVI Bugs Bunny C-1

Collected as a Bugs Bunny, but not actually a die clash. This scarce, early die state proves that 1950-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-1a is actually not a die clash at all, but rather a die polishing line that grew bolder as the die wore on.

1950-D FVI Bugs Bunny C-1a

Diagonal die line protrudes from nose, resembling a die clash. Distortions inside mouth on upper and lower lip. Frosty fields and no obvious evidence of clashing. This started as a die polishing line and grew larger as the dies eroded.

1951 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1

Four extreme clashing lines create a nearly full wing impressed over Franklin's mouth and field.  The upper lip is clearly forked and the clash is oriented very low, with the first spike cutting well into the lower lip. Letters behind head. Horn-shaped goiter in field. Reverse heavily filed next to bell to remove most clashing.

1951 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1a

An extremely late die state that shows just a trace of the forked lip, and no more than a suggestion that clashing once existed in the field. Much less desirable stage.

1951 FVI Bugs Bunny A-2

Extreme clashing, with three or four prominent clash lines starting right onthe upper, in a much higher position than seen on FVI Bugs Bunny A-1.

1951 FVI Bugs Bunny A-2a

Only a shadow of the original Bugs Bunny clash remains. Due to heavy die erosion, it shows two or three floating lines in the field that no longer seem to touch the lip. Later die states than the second one pictured will have greatly diminished value.

1951-S FVI Bugs Bunny A-1

Three distinct spikes protrude from the mouth and upper lip, which has been forked by the clashing. Heavy die filing lines run along Franklin's mouth.

1951-S FVI Bugs Bunny A-2

Boldly forked upper lip with two distinct spikes.

The sample coin is a low circulated grade. This may prove to be the same die as 1951-S FVI Bugs Bunny A-1, but there are enough visual differences to suggest otherwise, at least until a higher grading example is found to prove one way or another.

1951-S FVI Bugs Bunny C-1

Two nice spikes angle down from nose. Slight clashing inside open mouth. Collar clash. Reverse shows either a shadow of clashing or faint bulging under eagle and faint cap on bell shoulder.

1951-S FVI Bugs Bunny C-1a

The diminished late stage shows heavy die erosion that largely obscures the clashing, making it less desirable than earlier stages.

1952 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1

Two very heavy spikes fork the mouth and upper lip. Heavy collar clash presses on curve of neck, goiter clash under chin. Heavy canvas pattern of die filing and polishing. Heavy rectangular bulge under eagle. Re-engraved right bell wall. Usually found somewhat glossy. 

1952 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1a

Heavy die wear has begun to erase the Bugs Bunny, with only the outer spike on lip still visible.

1952 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1b

Common die state where extreme die wear has obliterated the upper lip and Bugs Bunny. Lots of clashing elsewhere, but the Bugs Bunny is greatly diminished or invisible due to die wear.

1952 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

Faint flaring at the tip of the upper lip. Collar clash sits lower than on 1952 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1. Light goiter clash under chin. Deep rectangular bulge under eagle appears in extra low position. Capped bell shoulder.

A weak Bugs Bunny variety, but considerable clashing elsewhere.

1952 FVI Proof Bugs Bunny A-1

Strong wing clashing over mouth has produced three spikes on forked upper lip. Collar clash on neck, nose clash on right bell wall, cap on bell.

Later stages show the clashing completely removed, along with some other parts of the design. These are not worth a premium.

1952-D FVI Bugs Bunny C-1

Two nice spikes protrude from nose, multiple remnants on tip of lip and inside open mouth. Pronounced goiter at base of neck and under chin. Crease through upper center of nose. Die lines near end of nose seem to exist across all stages. Strong nose clash under eagle. Unusually thin, crisp, fancy D mint mark.

1952-D FVI Bugs Bunny C-2

Small spikes show inside open mouth, with just a nub filling the corner between lip and nose. Extreme goiter clash at base of neck and all around chin. Crease through highest point of nose lines up with eye brow. Long parallel polishing lines in fields. Extensive die lines across design from hand working: various patches of die scratches in lower hair, on goiter clash, and on right bell hanger. Lower right side of bell obviously re-engraved. Small, heavy, normal D mint mark, centered.

1952-D FVI Bugs Bunny C-3

Two moderate spikes protrudes from nose. These shorten in later stages but also become easier to see because numerous die lines fade away. Pointed upper lip and slight clashing in open mouth in some stages. Slight collar clash, slight crease on nose near center, which disappears on later stages. Heavy pattern of die polishing in fields. Nice nose clash under eagle. Unusual die gouge running diagonally through clapper on all seen. Normal D mint mark, well right of center.

1952-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-1

Two noticeable spikes from nose, but little or no distortion on tip of lip or on closed mouth. Faint collar clash and faint nose crease on upper nose. Only notable die lines are behind hair, cutting into back of Franklin's head. Faint nose clash on bell. Normal D mint mark, centered.

1952-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-2

Two faint spikes under nose. Very slight distortion in field in front of neck. No other clashing visible. A few heavy, arching die filing lines across upper lip, nose, and field are of interest. Normal, centered mint mark.

1952-S FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

Multiple remnants of eagles wing around mouth, including curved spike adjacent to lip and more fragments under nose. Faint damage to neck line.Earlier die states may show nose clash on right side of bell.

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