Franklin Variety Index

Bugs Bunny Die Clashes 1953-1955

1948-1952, 1953-1955

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1

 
 

Three spikes show on the upper lip: one just inside the mouth, one running along the lip, and just above that. Small collar clash on neck. Strong square bulge under eagle and short triangular spike from right side of bell at upper bell lines. Franklin's profile on the reverse is nearly complete. Very heavy cap on bell shoulder. Crisp lettering and die features, due to a fairly new die pair. Heavy die polishing has taken place, leaving the surfaces extremely sparkly due to long, fine, parallel die filing lines covering each side.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1a

 
 

The clashing on lip is still bold, but as the dies frost, the field begins to erode under the nose, causing a horizontal ridge to form there. This connects to the long line along the lip to create a strong L-shaped clash. A sharp goiter spike now shows on neck, along with a faint semi-circular die crack under chin. Die wear has caused most of the fine die lines to fade, but conversely, some have become very pronounced, including a die line running from the tip of the 5 into the center of the right field, and a very long line from the field next to the second hair curl, running up through the L in LIBERTY. These lines were present in the first stage but nearly invisible; as we have seen previously, die erosion causes some lines to become bolder and some to weaken.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1b

 
 

Only the center spike following the upper lip still shows clearly, though it is merging with the upper lip due to star bursting striations. The ledge under nose is becoming indistinct. Even more die lines have faded, and the surfaces are becoming very heavily frosted. The most commonly encountered stage.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1c

 
 

The clash on upper lip is becoming indistinct, as is the bulge under the eagle. The semi-circle die crack under chin is larger and almost forms a goiter break. Excessive die wear is causing major features to blend. Some visible trace of clash must be present to qualify for A-1c.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

 
 

Similar to B-1, but the L-shaped clash hits the lip much higher, and shows several feather lines coming down, so the clash is more like a series of arches than an L. Also, the obverse die a dramatic Doubled Die, with extreme extra thickness on all lettering. Additionally, the E in LIBERTY is completely filled in by die chips in the beginning stage of the clash.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2a

 
 

The clash remains very clear, but just as with B-1, the dies have been heavily filed and polished in this stage, leaving sparkling die lines covering 100% of each side.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2b

 
 

The clash is still clear but begins to blend around the edges as the die lines fade and the die begins to frost. One particular die line, formed in B-2a and paralleling the nose, remains very clear and survives into the end stages. Another more delicate line shows clearly in this stage, running horizontally from the neck to above the date. It is of interest because it runs across the grain of the other filing lines.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2c

 
 

The clash arches are visible but can be harder to see as they become shorter and fainter, and recede away from the lip. Other features are beginning to get fuzzy but are usually still visible.

 

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.