How Rare are the "peg legs"

These Peg Legs were created by the polishing (or abrading) done to the area between Ike's head and the "R" on the working or master dies.
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Re: How Rare are the "peg legs"

Post by robEzerman » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:39 pm

Herb, Philly did have automatic shut-off's on their Columbia presses but all that did was prevent "multi-bang" clashes, at least that's what Mike Lantz believed but he never worked there and was not at all certain. The key is that almost all of the circulation Ike die abrasion peg legs have evidence of clash, all one has to do is survey a given peg leg Ike for clash images or repaired clash images (eye details weak or missing, hair lip, Volunteer, Talon image, clipped E, faint residua of the other half dozen clash images)

As I wrote in V2, there are other possible reasons for die abrasion repairs to the region between the left foot of the R and Ike's head: notably, this region on the obverse die would be thin and elevated into high relief (think 3-D opposite of what you see on the coin): think of it on the die as a narrow elevated highway and you'll get the picture.

Because the surface area of this "elevated highway" is great in proportion to its volume, the chance of heat checks or frank die cracks during the multiple annealings between squeezes is more likely here than elsewhere on the die. Repairing minor die cracks and heat checks is simply grinding through them to solid steel, very much what a dentist has to do with a minor dental cavity (though he then fills that cavity).

As usual, we're left to thinking through these possibilities since there are no pertinent Mint records to learn from. Rob
Now is the time to cherry Ikes. Lots of fruit still on the trees but don't wait too long. Rob Ezerman

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