F Description

 
 
 

This Type Set features various patriotic depictions of “Old Glory,” the U.S. Flag. 

 

Background

Die Table

F 2 is included in this set as it is clearly made to be used with F 1 and only appears in conjunction with F 1. Despite the story offered in Rulau

Type Set Definition Notes

F 6:  A well struck 213 showing most of the 14 stars

NY 630AGa-1h is both challenging to find and expensive to acquire. 142/347 is less challenging to find, but still much more expensive than the majority of the members of this set.

F 5:  A well struck 36/340f showing ten stars

F 5:  A well struck business strike 36/340a

F 8:  211B Die Chip

F 8:  211A Die Chip

F 2.1:  Poorly struck DIX on a 209/412a

F 2.1:  A well struck DIX (albeit showing artifacts of a rusty die) on a 214/416a

F 2.1:  Beaded inner circle on a 204/413a

F 1:  25 stars on 207/409a

F 1: 26 stars on 209/414a

F 1:  30 stars on 212/415a

F 1:  36 stars on 210/415a

F 1: 5 stripes

F 1: 6 stripes

The flags in F 1 are all made by the same die sinking company and are very similar. The Die-A-Grams™ included in PatV5 differentiate the dies in part based upon the number of stars and the number of stripes in the flag. These photos may assist those who care to collect these by die.

F M1:  A weak center strike on a 131/217b NGC 64 PL

The central area of the Dix “Shoot them on the Spot” dies is frequently poorly struck. The pictures above of Uncirculated specimens demonstrate what a difference a good strike makes in discerning the design.


The picture at right shows the beaded inner circle (as opposed to a rope design) found only on die 413.

It is quite common for die 340 to show many less than the ten stars present in the die due to poor striking pressure. The pictures at left show the best example that I’ve seen so far: a specimen strike in silver and below that, the best example I’ve seen in copper, neither of which is really sharp.

213 is also often poorly struck. The photo at right shows fourteen stars on the flag columns of: 4, 4, 2 & 4. Although possibly the star at the base of the leftmost column is my imagination. In any case, nearly all examples have fewer stars visible.

These photos illustrate the two of the three different working dies for Higgins’ die 211. Die 211C, used on IN 710A-3a, has neither die chip. In CWTSJ V37#2p8 Wayne Stafford writes that 211C has raised parallel scratches in the field, but these weren’t visible on my worn example.

F M1:  A strong center strike on a 217/479 NGC 63 RB

These photos illustrate the the difference that strike can make for central detail on die 217. The flag has 32 stars in rows of 5, 6, 5, 5, 5, & 6 from top to bottom. Some 131/217 are well struck, but the high relief of Lincoln’s bust make star detail challenging.