Recent Find: 1922 S Peace Dollar Flip Double Struck
I recently acquired a 1922 S Peace Dollar graded MS65. This coin had some features that caught my eye. After a bit of studying the coin, photography and creating cutaway overlays - I am certain that I have a 1922 S Peace Dollar Flip Double Struck Graded MS65. The coin was graded MS65 by NGC, but was not noted as double struck.
I am attaching two photos of my overlay work. The overlays are animated gifs comprised of two frames. The first frame is the coin itself without any modification. The second frame is the coin with the cutaway overlay projected on top in the correct orientation. The first frame shows the second or final strike. The second frame shows the orientation of the first strike which was subsequently overstruck.
My first thought was "die clash", but then I noticed that many of the features are not limited to the fields of the coin on either side. The raised elements of the coin show many pressed out features from the other side of the coin design. The raise features of coins are created using recessed engravings (voids) in the dies. When two dies clash together without a planchet the fields come into contact with each other. That contact does not include the recessed areas of the engraved portions of the die - since nothing exists there to clash with.
Below are some of the most interesting evidence of the coin being double struck:
1. "PEACE" is visible between the "I" and "B" in LIBERTY on the obverse side.
2. "DOLLAR" or portions of it are visible at the eye of Liberty.
3. The suns rays of the reverse design extend across the face of Liberty and across the hair of Liberty.
4. The "E" of "E PLURIBUS" from the reverse design can be seen in both the field and hair of the obverse design.
1. Engraver's mark from the obverse design can be seen crowning the eagles head.
2. The "eye" of lady Liberty from the obverse design can be seen directly above the "D" in "DOLLAR".
3. The 1922 date can be seen in both the fields and across the raised features of the lettering in those areas.
4. The imprint of the area of lady Liberties crown can be seen in the eagles raised body area.
Because many of the first strike imprints are visible in both the fields and the raised features, I conclude that this cannot be a case of die clash and is the result of a flip double strike in collar. Also, there is a significant amount of degrees of rotation between the first strike and second strike.
What do you all think of this coin and the evidence presented? Please see the attached photos. Thanks in advance for comments and thoughts.