Lately, rusted dies are being noticed by collectors. It is assumed that dies exhibiting rust were in storage for some time prior to or between use. Most of the rusted dies identified are on the reverse. It is easy to imagine that a stockpile of reverse dies could occur, given that they were consistent from year to year. The obverse dies took extra preparation by adding the date, and could not be stored for use in another year once the date was punched. Mint photos reveal that dies were annealed, hubbed, and punched in large batches.

The ambitious collector will want an example of each known rusted die, forming the Rusted Dies Match Set. They really are splendid.


Rusted Dies Match Set

 

  • 1863 RPD-012, RST-001

    Attributed to: Steve Price

    Cross-references
    S17
    P19

    Design: Rounded Bust
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1863 RST-002

    Attributed to: Michael Tomasic

    Cross-references
    S19
    P21

    Design: Rounded Bust
    Composition: Copper Nickel
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1864 No-L RST-001

    Attributed to: Tom Reynolds

    Cross-references
    S5

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

  • 1898 RST-001 - Indian Head Penny - Photo by David Poliquin 1898 RST-001 - Indian Head Penny - Photo by David Poliquin

    1898 RST-001

    Rated 4.00 out of 5
    Attributed to: Russell Doughty

    Cross-references
    S N/A
    P38

    Design: Type 2 Hub
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1901 RST-001 - Indian Head Penny - Photo by ANA Summer Seminar 2016 1901 RST-001 - Indian Head Penny - Photo by ANA Summer Seminar 2016

    1901 RST-001

    Attributed to: Rick Snow

    Cross-references
    S23

    Design: Type 2 Hub
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation

  • 1907 RST-001 - Indian Head Penny 1907 RST-001 - Indian Head Penny

    1907 RST-001

    Attributed to: Unknown

    Cross-references
    S32

    Design: Type 2 Hub
    Composition: Bronze
    Strike Type: Circulation