What makes bisecting die cracks interesting is that so many bisecting die cracks occurred in 1864, and they appear on bronze planchets. This anomaly seems counter intuitive, as the copper-nickel planchets are harder than bronze and cause the dies to fail prematurely.

Rules for attribution of cracked dies:

  • All bisecting die cracks are attributable. Crack must be visible in the center, or very near center, of the die and extend to either rim.
  • “Shattered” dies that exhibit several cracks over a substantial portion of the die.
  • “Round-a-bout” die cracks often go from one side of a coin to the other, but not through the center. These are U-shaped or circular.
  • Once a crack becomes a cud, it will also be given a CUD listing


Bisecting Die Cracks Match Set

  • 1863 CRK-001 - Indian Head Penny 1863 CRK-001 - Indian Head Penny

    1863 CRK-001

    Attributed to: Russell Doughty

    Cross-references
    S N/A

    Design: Shallow N Reverse
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1864 L CRK-001 1864 L CRK-001

    1864 L CRK-001

    Attributed to: Unknown

    Cross-references
    S16
    P16

    Design: L
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1864 L CRK-002 1864 L CRK-002

    1864 L CRK-002

    Attributed to: Ed Nathanson & Russell Doughty

    Cross-references
    S N/A
    P22

    Design: L
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1864 No-L CRK-001 - Indian Head Penny 1864 No-L CRK-001 - Indian Head Penny

    1864 No-L CRK-001

    Attributed to: Miachael Fey

    Cross-references
    S10a
    P11

    Design: No-L
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1864 No-L CRK-002

    Attributed to: Unknown

    Cross-references
    S10b
    P12

    Design: No-L
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1864 Reverse of No-L BR CRK-003 1864 No-L BR CRK-003

    1864 No-L CRK-003

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: Russell Doughty

    Cross-references
    S10c
    P13

    Design: No-L
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1865 Fancy 5 CRK-001 - Indian Head Penny - Photo by David Poliquin 1865 Fancy 5 CRK-001 - Indian Head Penny - Photo by David Poliquin

    1865 Fancy 5 CRK-001

    Attributed to: David Poliquin

    Cross-references
    S7
    P23

    Design: Fancy 5
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation