Can anyone explain this ? 1814 CBH
I have wondered about this effect. While I have seen similar effects on modern zincoln cents where the plating is stretched or damaged from the strike showing a tear or break in the surface above perimeter lettering, this is a silver coin. The punching on the top of some of the lettering left a deep "tear" or depression in the coin. These are fairly deep crevasses above some letters. Almost a hole on top of the A.
This is a single leaf 1814 CBH so we know it is a late die state but is this seen on other coins to this extent ?
Just curious what some of your thoughts are. Thanks in advance.