Bisecting and Exotic Die Cracks

Die Cracks - Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents

Die cracks can probably be found on almost every die at its later state. The most extreme cracks can bisect the coin, become cuds, or form other types of cracks. These types can include shattered dies, bilateral, radial, antipodal die cracks, bi-level die cracks, and retained interior die breaks.

To view all the currently attributed cracked dies, please click here.

Rules for attribution of cracked dies:

  • All dies with bisecting cracks are attributable. Crack must be visible in the center, or very near center, of the die and extend rim-to-rim. Examples of bisecting cracks are the 1864 L CRK-001, CRK-002 and the 1864-L CRK-003.
  • 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. Examples include arched rim-to-rim die cracks and asymmetrical split dies.
  • Once a crack becomes a cud, it will be given a CUD listing number

1864 L CRK-001 – Bisecting Die Crack

1864 L CRK-002 – Bisecting Die Crack

1864 No-L BR CRK-003 – Bisecting Die Crack


Die Cracks - Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents
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Die Cracks - Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents
Die cracks can develop for a number of reasons, and the most extreme examples are very valuable and collectible. Bisecting die cracks are very desirable.
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Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents
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