Wow, that is pretty good! I reckon that the repunching on the 9 happened independent of the repunching on the 188, as your analysis indicates. This adds to the desirability of the coin, and the boldness of the 9 makes it appealing. There are many RPDs like this one that exhibit repunching off-set in different directions, indicating those dies were were struck multiple times with the date punch.
One reason the 9 could be so heavily punched is if the punch were angled such only the 9 were in contact with the die face when it was given a tap. With all the pressure applied to this small portion of the punch, it should go deeper. It would also help explain why the repunching is so strong on the 9, while the other digits don’t appear to show any outlines from when the 9 was first tapped.
Collecting Flying Eagle and Indian Head pennies never made more cents!
- This reply was modified 3 years, 2 months ago by Russ.