Oddities – ODD
- die dots; see 1883 ODD-001 and 1898 ODD-001
- Goatee varieties; see 1903 ODD-001 and 1907 ODD-001
- die gouges; see 1863 ODD-001
- die file marks; see 1862 ODD-003
- and many others, just click here to see them all!
A lot of the oddity varieties are caused by die deterioration or a presumed die production defect. For example, the reverse die dots are actually interior die breaks or interior cuds. These die defects can change shape and grow over the life of the die. The reverse die dots are simply failures in the die, just like the 8th feather die chips that occur so frequently in 1899.
Die gouges and die file marks are typically assumed to be caused during the preparation of the die, whether accidental or not. A good example of a die gouge and die scratches occur in 1863. The scratches or file marks will be inside Liberty’s ear. On one variety, a gouge connects the M in AMERICA with one of Liberty’s feathers. Any evidence of man-made error on a die seems to command interest and a premium, especially for oddities that can’t be explained.
And then there are oddities that just can not be explained! For example, the 1884 ODD-001 with the ‘Star in the Shield’ is anyone’s guess.