Missing Railings: over polished die, minor variety 1971 D Nickel
I remember then forget this variety every few years and finally nabbed a graded example. It is a minor variety and not too difficult to locate any given day on ebay or anywhere a variety hunter might view multiple examples. It would seem the reverse die was over polished and resulted in the “deletion” of the balcony rails on the roof of Monticello. I do not see obvious evidence of a die clash however, both sides exhibit heavy die polish lines.
For an easy to spot die marker there is a die gouge noticeable with the naked eye between the T and S of Cents. The missing rails are also easily seen with the naked eye.