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New 1955-D BIE

rmpsrpmsrmpsrpms Posts: 1,817 ✭✭✭✭✭

It seems improbable that a new Wheat Cent die variety would be discovered, but I think I just found a new 1955-D BIE. This was on eBay, but it had the wrong attribution. I wasn't sure if it was new but I couldn't find it in Cohen, my primary source. Once I received it, I could inspect it more closely, and indeed it was not in Cohen, nor Hardy, and I don't see it on Cuds on Coins, so I think it's a new discovery. It's a big one too! Not as big as the 55-S B650 "Sausage", but it might be the biggest 55-D BIE as it's very tall (the die chip was very deep) and extends a long way below the BE. It looks like a sleeping walrus to me!

Anyway, below is a small size detail of the BIE itself, and I also shot it in High Resolution (9500x9500) and posted on EasyZoom, see it here:

https://easyzoom.com/image/515761/album/0/4?mode=manage

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  • CRHer700CRHer700 Posts: 614 ✭✭✭✭

    Where can I find a reference list for these?

    Cheers, and God Bless, CRHer700 :mrgreen:

  • rmpsrpmsrmpsrpms Posts: 1,817 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @CRHer700 said:
    Where can I find a reference list for these?

    This is the best place to look:

    http://cuds-on-coins.com/lincoln-cent-bies/

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  • BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 8,006 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice find. I'd call it the "potato" or "pear" shaped BIE.

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  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,780 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Again, phenomenal photos!! 👍🏻

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  • gonzergonzer Posts: 2,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a rabbit with it's back turned.

  • tcollectstcollects Posts: 825 ✭✭✭✭

    @gonzer said:
    Looks like a rabbit with it's back turned.

    now all I see is a rabbit

  • rmpsrpmsrmpsrpms Posts: 1,817 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Pareidolia is powerful. To me it looks like a fat sleeping walrus!

    It was the sort of "arrowhead" shape to the part that extends below the BE that made me look twice at this one. There are many BIEs with half of this arrowhead shape, but there are only a few with both sides like this.

    I also plan to shoot it at high magnification so I can get an accurate 3D scan to show the height of the die chip. I bet it is very tall, but it's hard to tell in 2D. The height also depends of course on how well-struck the coin is.

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  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,780 ✭✭✭✭✭

    STUNNING!!!

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  • rmpsrpmsrmpsrpms Posts: 1,817 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Also notice the small chip at the lower left corner of the B. This die was on its way to being an IBIE, and might have made it there, who knows? The flattened top of the B and E are also interesting. They are not hits, as they have "texture" similar to the rest of the letter surfaces. Not sure what happened there.

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  • rmpsrpmsrmpsrpms Posts: 1,817 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 9, 2024 8:16PM

    Here is a 3D rendering viewed from the bottom of BIE, at field level:

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  • BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 8,006 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Superb photos.

    Successful transactions:Tookybandit. "Everyone is equal, some are more equal than others".
  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,780 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hey @rmpsrpms - The VAM guys should hire you! 😉 👍🏻

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  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,290 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 9, 2024 8:53PM

    Amazing photography.

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