Franklin Variety Index

Bugs Bunny Die Clashes 1953-1955

1948-1952, 1953-1955

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1

 
 

A series of strong spikes on lip and inside mouth. Center of ridge of nose faintly re-engraved to remove a spike. Collar clash on neck. Tiny spike on bell, strong bulge under eagle, and extreme cap on bell shoulder. The bell lines are always weak;none have been seen in FBL, probably due to distortion from clashing. The dies have been freshly refinished in this early stage, with long, bright filing lines over both sides. Extremely scarce or rare.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1a

 
 

Only the strongest spike still shows on upper lip. Spike in mouth now merged with lips and indistinct. Upper spike now gone, but a horizontal ridge now shows under nose. While most die lines have now faded, several have become very prominent as the die frosted. Some die lines may be new. A very heavy die line juts up from the top of the5. Evidence of re-engraving of the lower left bell lines now apparent, but the bell lines still didn't strike up.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1b

 
 

The spike begins to merge with the upper lip, due to star bursting, and resembles a mustache. Most other features and die lines have become indistinct, save for the bulge under the eagle and cap on bell. A tiny curving die crack under chin begins to resemble a slight goiter as it expends in end stages. Spike must show some separation from the lip to qualify as A-1b; later stages are of greatly diminished significance.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

 
 

The corner of a horizontally turned L shaped spike butts up against the lip near the corner, while the stand runs along the base of the nose. Faint arches delineate the individual tips of the wing feathers. Positioned much further north and east than on A-1, though the horizontal line under nose can seem similar at a glance. A spike on upper center of nose has been filed down, as have some distortions behind the head. Very slight collar clash. Strong triangular spike just above bell lines. Flat line under eagles wing, and bulging in field above right bell shoulder. Hair line shows bolder through letters of EPU. As with A-1, the dies have been freshly refinished, but even more aggressively than on A-1, with both sides covered with long, countless, cross-crossing die lines. Bell lines almost always well-struck on this die marriage.

This is the origin stage of several die lines that are typically used as diagnostics in later stages, a horizontal line above the date and a long heavy line paralleling the nose. Right now, they blend in. The gleaming surfaces are semi-reflective. Very rare.

This is a somewhat remarkable die pair in the Franklin series. It shows up in three separate variety categories of the FVI: DDO, Bugs Bunny, and Die Chip. The obverse die involved in this clash is a dramatic Doubled Die Obverse that shows extreme extra thickness on all lettering, and up to four separate serifs on some numbers and letters, in earlier stages. Additionally, at the point when the die clash occurred, dramatic die chips had already filled the E in LIBERTY. Importantly, while all examples of this die clash show a filled E, not all pieces with a filled E show die clashing.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1a

 
 

Clash marks temporarily become even more bold as the dies begin to change to a satin frost. Many of the hairlines canvasing the surfaces diminish, but the horizontal line above date and long, heavy line paralleling nose begin to stand out. The spike from right bell remains bold, along with hair line through EPU. A very desirable and scarce stage.

1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1b

 
 

Erosion at the lip has caused the mouth clash to blend into the field and recede away from the lip. Virtually all die lines are gone, save for the two diagnostic lines, though they could becoming indistinct in places. The most common stage. A large number of coins must have been struck from this point forward, and the dies were over-used, though most still show at least a faint clash. Mint set toning can obscure the weaker examples. Clashing must show clearly in order to qualify as B-1b.

 

1957 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

1957-D FVI Bugs Bunny B-1

Two long, sharp spikes, one from upper half of lip, one from center of nose. Reminiscent of 1949 A-2, but no clashing appears in mouth (hence the B position). For reasons unknown, D-mint clashes are rarely seen in Position B. Evidence of re-engraving along nose. Small collar clash. Strong triangular spike on bell wall, no discernible bulge under eagle, but clear cap on bell shoulder. Several long and extremely heavy die scratches in left obverse between IN and shoulder.

 

1957-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-1

The die pair also known as RPM-1 developed a strong, slanting clash line under nose in later stages. Fuzzy Distortion at base of neck. Long squiggly die line loosely follows neck all the way to chin.

1957-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-1a possible obv die change??

The dies clashed again creating a new line to the left of the first. However, the first clash was already polished away by extensive refinishing, which left extremely heavy die lines. Eye socket polished open, and then closed by a hand re-engraving line. Heavy die polishing lines on and above nostril. Clear collar now shows on neck, and the squiggly die line has been polished away. Two very heavy, parallel die scratches run from T in Trust almost to Y in LIBERTY.  A die chip has now connected the tip of the bust with the R in TRUST, confirming this to be the end-stage. Bell wall partly re-engraved at and above bell lines. Small cap on bell shoulder. RPM still very clear.

 

1957-D FVI Bugs Bunny D-2

The die pair also known as RPM-2 developed a strong, cylindrical clash line under nose shortly after issue (none have yet been documented without the clash). While similar in appearance to D-1a, there are distinct differences. The clash is heavier and the eye socket has not been polished away. Slight crease in upper half of nose. Slight collar clash. A round die lump shows on Franklin's lapel like a flower. Extensive polishing lines over the obverse. Heavy triangular spike on bell wall and heavy hair line clash through EPU. Very few reverse die scratches.

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.