1925-P with a weird font on the date?

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1925-P with a weird font on the date?

Post by coinnoob7 » Sat Jan 28, 2023 3:33 pm

I noticed this 1925-P doesn't seem to have the same font on the date as my other two 1925 Peace dollars. I didn't see any VAMs listed that matched it. Is this something special or a known variety? The 5 has a more rounded lower half and the gap on the lower half is wider. The 9 also seems thinner but that could be from die polishing I suppose.
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Re: 1925-P with a weird font on the date?

Post by messydesk » Sat Jan 28, 2023 3:43 pm

They look the same to me. The thinner one might be thin because of machine doubling.
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Re: 1925-P with a weird font on the date?

Post by vampicker » Sat Jan 28, 2023 5:36 pm

If you encounter a Peace Dollar that actually does have a different style of numeral in the date, that's a good coin to stay away from. But I agree with John, they look the same
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Re: 1925-P with a weird font on the date?

Post by RogerB » Sat Jan 28, 2023 7:07 pm

Thin characters (other than Oliver Hardy) arise from two circumstances.

1) letters were not fully punched into the die leaving the thinner, tapered parts of digits closer to the surface. For Peace dollars the hub was not fully pressed into the die face.
2) during use a die was resurfaced multiple times. Each action removed some of the widest parts of digits, leaving them both narrower and lower in relief than normal.

How details are struck-up also in involved.

The effect is clearer near the rim because that's where most of the letters/numbers are.

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