Bugs Bunny Die Clashes 1953-1957

1953 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

An extremely heavy spike on the upper lip, with two more visible within a square depression under the nose. Strong bulge under eagle. Usually somewhat glossy, with some heavy die lines toward the peripheries.

1953 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1a

The dies have been harshly refinished, with extensive filing lines up and down around the mouth and profile. Only the strong clash from the lip and the top of the depression still show but are weakened. The surfaces are now on the cusp of fully Prooflike in this very rare stage.

1953 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1b

When the mirrors faded, many die polishing lines from stage "a" become prominent under the nose. Eventually all but 2 of these vanish. These two polishing lines are often mistaken for clash marks. This is actually a greatly diminished stage of the variety. The spike on the lip is the only actual clash, and it was already weakened in stage "a." Now it requires some straining to see, and eventually becomes invisible. Only those that still show the lip clash qualify for B-1b.

1953-D FVI Bugs Bunny C-1

Two bold, almost cylindrical clash lines protrude from nose. Slight spike tip of upper lip. Noticeable collar clash. Numerous die polishing lines over each side lend a bright, metallic sparkle to the luster. Scarce early stage.

1953-D FVI Bugs Bunny C-1a

The two nose clashes have become even longer and more noticeable, and parts of the upper lip are more obviously spiked. The strongest of the 1953-D Bugs Bunny clashes. Collar clash as on C-1. Two of the previously noted die lines have become more prominent, while many others have weakened or disappeared; one connecting the P in PLURIBUS to the left bell pole, and another running perpendicularly directly through the right stand of the A in AMERICA.


1953-D FVI Bugs Bunny C-2

Two spikes (at least) protrude from the nose, and two tiny, delicate spikes show at the opening of mouth on earlier stages. Some show a faint, third spike under nose. Scattered die lines across chin, mouth, and nose area running southeast. Damage to right side of bell.

1953-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-1

Two nice spikes protrude from nose similar to C-1, but the upper lip is unaffected, and the bridge of the nose has been re-engraved to repair it from a clash spike. Sharp, triangularnose spike juts from right side of bell.

1953-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-2

Two nice spikes protrude from nose similar to C-1, but no mouth clashing and the diagnostic die lines of C-1 are not present. Instead, numerous crisscrossing die lines surround profile. Faint nose crease, high. Slight collar clash. Minimal clashing on reverse.

1953-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-3

A distortion in the field under the nose yields a single distinct clash spike close to the lip, after close scrutiny. A strong collar clash with goiter under the chin is the main attraction. Damaged right side of bell, with signs of re-engraving.

1953-S FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

This early stage shows multiple, delicate spikes in addition to one strong downward spike paralleling the upper lip. Several arches under nose from wingtips. Faint collar clash and very nice goiter clash under chin. Die line from D to bell lines on all seen.Surfaces generally crisp and satiny from fresh polishing lines.

1953-S FVI Bugs Bunny B-1a

The spike along upper lip and the wingtips under nose remain, but diagonal spikes have vanished. Goiter clash still visible, but surfaces are becoming frosty. This stage is the most frequently encountered.

1953-S FVI Bugs Bunny B-1b

In this diminished, late stage, the lip spike starts to merge with lip, and only the wingtips under nose remain. The appeal is substantially lower for this die state.

1953-S FVI Bugs Bunny D-1

One noticeable spike drops from nose. Bulge under eagle. Sample is very late die state, with diminished features. Need earlier stage for study.

1954 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1

MULTI-LINE

1954 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1a

DIE EROSION 402

1954 FVI Bugs Bunny A-2

FORKED LIP CLASH, possible LDS too

1954 FVI Bugs BunnyB-1

FRESH CLASH IN FIELD

1954-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-1

TWO HEAVY LINES

1954-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-2

ONE LINE

1954-D FVI Bugs Bunny E-1

look for pics

1954-S FVI Bugs Bunny A-1

semi-pl 

1954-S FVI Bugs Bunny A-1a

frosty

1955 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1

classic 3 or 2 spikes

1955 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1a

polished lip

1955 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1b

die erosion, degraded to D clash

1955 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

spiked lip

1955 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1a

spiked lip M clash

1955 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1b

spiked lip, M clash, reverse die crack

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

sharp fresh clash

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1-a

heavy die polish

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1b

clash merges with lip, eventually fades away, goiter developed under chin

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2

Fresh Die Clash, theoretical   ddo

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2a

fresh,HEAVY DIE POLISH

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2b

HEAVY LINE STILL SHOWS OVER NOSE

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2c

CLASH WEAKENS TO A FLOATING CLASH, eventually fades away

 

 

1957 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

 

1957-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-1

long slanted lineRPM-1

 

1957-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-2

medium cylindrical lineRPM-2

1957-D FVI Bugs BunnyD-3

small line,long reverse die line

1957-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-4

weak nose line

1958 FVI Bugs Bunny D-1  

there is a 1958 B-1

1958 FVI Type II ReverseBugs Bunny D-1

1958-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-1

1959 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

STRONG, with outline clash

1959 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1a

fainter

 

1959 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2

1959 FVI Type II Reverse Bugs Bunny A-1

eds, fine polishing, re-engraved chin.

1959 FVI Type II Reverse Bugs Bunny A-1a

polishing and chin re-engraving indistinct

1959 1959 FVI Type II Reverse Bugs Bunny D-1

the blob

1959 FVI Type I/TypeII Bugs Bunny & DDR

This variety should exist, but we have not found one! The DDR reverse die for 1959 is found with a heavy profile clash of Franklin's nose, lip, and neck (see the "a" stage below). The obverse die was quickly changed out, presumably due to the extreme clashing that must have existedon the obverse. This could be a major Bugs Bunny variety. Help us find one!

1959 FVI Type I/Type II Bugs Bunny & DDR (a)

Not technically a Bugs Bunny anymore, as the clashed obverse has now been replaced with a brand new die, with gleaming, orange peel textured, borderline Prooflike reflectivity. The reverse die has been heavily polished and possibly acid etched, in an attempt to remove clashing, and yet it still shows a strong profile clash of Franklin on the reverse. This die marriage is of extreme interest to the specialist because of the Prooflike luster, profile clash, and the DDR.