Franklin Variety Index
Bugs Bunny Die Clashes 1953-1955
1956 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1
The wing clash straddles upper lip with three spikes; one just inside the mouth, one jutting from the end of the lip, and one from center of lip. Small collar clash on neck. Strong rectangular 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. The surfaces of each side are semi-reflective; with a mixture of satin, semi-gloss, and micro-fine polishing lines; as both dies have been freshly refinished. A scarce early stage of the variety.
1956 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1a
The upper clash mark is no longer visible, but an L shaped clash depression is beginning to form under nose. The middle clash is perhaps even more bold now that the die has continued to wear and become frosty. Die wear has caused most of the fine die lines to fade, but a new pattern of scattered, very heavy die lines now shows on both sides. The most notable of these on the obverse are a long die line from Franklin's middle curl, running up through the L, and another line rising from the top of the 5 to about even with Franklin's nose. On the reverse, a series of parallel lines reinforces, if not re-engraves, the lower edge of the bell. The lower bell lines were clearly weakened by the initial die clashing, as no examples of this die clash, in any stage, have bee seen or heard of in FBL, to date.
1956 FVI Bugs Bunny A-1b
Only the center spike, following the upper lip, still shows clearly, though it is merging with the lip due to star bursting striations. The ledge under nose may also be indistinct, along with most other clash features. Must still show some separation from the lip to qualify as A-1b. The die lines, too, have begun to fade away. A curving die line under chin expands on some very late stages into a break.
1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-1
The wing clash is oriented much higher and further right, leaving a spike coming from upper lip, and some connected arches from the wingtips, running under nose and creating a large bulge past the tip of the nose. Spike near center of nose has been polished down to a nub. Sharp triangular spike on right bell wall, just above bell lines. Only tiny bulge within eagles feathers. Any clashing on bell shoulder and surrounding area has been filed down. Heavy hair clash through letters of EPU. Gleaming, semi-reflective surfaces have been refinished over both sides, even more aggressively than on early stage of 1956 A-1, with crisscrossing patches of lines in places. A rare stage!
This initial refinishing is the origin of several die lines that are diagnostic to this variety. The most notable being a horizontal line from Franklin's neck to just above the last T in TRUST, which runs perpendicular to most of the other die scratches; and a long, straight die line in the right field running parallel to the nose.
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-2a
As the reflective surfaces fade, the beginnings of die frost make the clash marks even more bold. The spike from right bell remains bold.Many of the hairlines canvasing the surfaces are diminishing, but the diagnostic line from neck and line parallel to nose are, in any thing, stronger. This is the most frequently encountered stage.
1956 FVI Bugs Bunny B-2b
The dies have continued to wear, and erosion at the lip has caused the mouth clash to blend enough that it is no longer seen to touch the upper lip. The two diagnostic lines till show, though they may be becoming indistinct in places.
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
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
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.