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News and Studies
by James Wiles, Ph.D.
1938-S Jefferson Nickel with Enhanced Steps
Michael Dingeldein has reported a Jefferson
nickel from 1938-S which has what appears to be
an enhanced step design. After photos made
the circle of variety researchers, no final
conclusion could be reached. The design
may be a prototype design trial which led to the
1939 RDV-002 (straight step) design or it may be
from some modern hobo nickel carver perfecting
his techniques. See my study notes
For additional photos, visit the
Jefferson Nickel Vol. 1 E-Book under reverse
"Hot Lips" Dimes Now Considered Die Clashes by CONECA Variety Attributer, James Wiles
Originally attributed as doubled dies by John Wexler and published by Ken Potter in Numismatic News, "hot lips" dimes were subsequently cataloged as doubled dies by CONECA as well. I had questions initially but was willing to agree with other attributers and list them as DDOs, until more information surfaced. It wasn't long until several additional specimens from varying dates and die states were reported. It was discovered that all had die clash marks and when overlays were made, the reverse design matched the doubled areas. I have now seen enough examples for me to conclude that the doubling is most likely the result of die clashing/abrasion and not from a doubled die. Other attributers are re-evaluating their positions. I remain open, but until I see an example without die clashing, I am no longer listing them in the CONECA Die Variety files. In fact, those that had been listed, have now been removed. See my study notes, overlays, and photos here.
Detailed Study of the 1914/3 Buffalo Underway
Several Researches are attempting to resolve the decade old controversy surrounding the 1914/3 Buffalo Nickel. Is it a legitimate overdate? Or is it damage to a working hub? We are in need of MS specimens to photograph, particularly of the 2 dies which show what appears to be the bar of the 3 through the upper 4 of the date. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. You can find information on this current study here and here and in the Buffalo Nickel E-Book.
Doubled Die Numbering System Uncoded!
After numerous requests to explain what the CONECA doubled die numbering system means, I have prepared a page describing each element. Please take a moment to read through it and offer any suggestions for how it can be explained in simpler terms or ask any further questions you may have. You can get to it by clicking here.
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