What Bryan never realizes about me (much <3, brother) is that I don't attribute these things from memory. I don't have one of those. Do you remember the 70's and 80's? I was there, and I don't....
If I attribute a 1921, it's because I've just clicked 70-100 links in a row at VAMworld and come up with the match. Yes, the major VAMs are obvious, but much of the real work is in the trenches. Datamining. Looking at one very large bunch of pictures, and extrapolating or interpolating the data to possibly match the die state of the coin shown.
The coin you present, nybird, will be one of them. A better one, to be sure, because the peculiar combination of die cracks - on both sides downward through the wings, and the one into the rim above the I - is hardly common. Once I or someone actually does the grunt work of looking at existing images, your coin will likely be a pretty easy attribution of "early die state of this
" referring to some known VAM
What seems interesting is the doubled T UNITED, the tiny repuch or cud at the foot of the F in OF
These are hub artifacts, known to all D1-reverse 1921's (as yours is), and cool but not relevant to attribution. Above the M (and the U) I see striations headed towards the denticles which are indicative of a worn die which has been pushed too long and too hard; are these the marks you're talking about, or is it the squiggle parallel to the top right of the M? If that's a die crack, it may be relevant.
Let me change into my Speedo, and I'll dive into the VAM
pool and see what we come up with.
The best thing about a bicycle is that it uses no gasoline, therefore the chance of fiery death is greatly reduced.
First Catman, then Gary Burke and now Bigg Fredd - there's one heck of a coin club in Heaven.