Silver Proof Quarter
w/Hoof-Shaped Die Dent
To Other Coins w/Curved Die Dents, Gouges and Lathe Lines
by Ken Potter - NLG
Photos by Ken Potter © Ken Potter 2005
time ago I sent images of a 2005-S Kansas Silver Proof quarter with a
hoof-shaped die dent to specialist to review. Although this dent is many
times larger than others previewed as of late, some of those specialist began to
draw comparisons of it to these other die dents (or in some cases possible die gouges or lathe lines) suggestive that it was about the
same in size. However, this was not accurate!
When we shoot photomicrographs at magnifications ranging from 10x to 60x or more, it is often hard to maintain perspective of the actual size differences between elements shot at different magnifications especially when from different coin designs. So to demonstrate the actual differences, I shot two Lincoln cent varieties, the well-known 2004-P Wisconsin quarters with leaf-like die dents, (all of which had entered into the discussion), at the same magnification so that the differences in size could be easily seen.
Coin Courtesy of Vincent Burke of California
Here is a low-magnification shot of the central design on the Kansas Quarter die dent.
All photos beyond this point shot at the exact same magnification
Here is a close up of a 2004 Lincoln cent reverse where we see a circular die gouge, dent or lathe line
around the statue of Lincoln. First reported by Billy Crawford, coin courtesy of Tom DeLorey.
Here is a close up of another 2004 Lincoln cent reverse where we see a circular die gouge, dent or lathe line
around the statue of Lincoln. First reported by John Wexler, coin courtesy of Tom DeLorey.
Here is the large die dent on the hind quarter or leg of the Bison on the reverse of a 2005-S Silver Proof Kansas
States Quarter found by Vincent Burke of California. While the more obvious rim that crests this die dent is not
quite as long as either of the die dents on the 2004-D Wisc quarter die dents, when we measure the outside parameters
of the Kansas quarter die dent we see it is actually quite a bit longer than either of them. The Kansas quarter die dent
is also quite a bit higher in relief and could encompass the mass of at least two or three of the Wisc quarter die dents!
Here is an overlay created from the Crawford 2004 cent of an area approximately equivalent to the size
of the KS 25c die dent. Notice that if one could peel the wire-like die dent/gouge off of the Crawford coin,
we can see that you could fit perhaps two dozen or more of them within the mass of the die dent on the KS 25c.
In fact the entire Lincoln Seated statue easily fits within the area of the Kansas quarter die dent with room to spare!
Coin Courtesy Of Gary Kelly
This is a close up of the 2004-D Wisconsin Quarter with Die Dent/Gouge Nicknamed "Low Leaf"
It is actually quite a bit smaller than the Kansas quarter die dent!
Coin Courtesy Of Gary Kelly
This is a close up of the 2004-D Wisconsin Quarter with Die Dent/Gouge Nicknamed "High Leaf"
Again, we can see this one is quite a bit smaller than the Kansas quarter die dent!
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