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1942 S Walking Liberty Half Dollar...Missing Initials?

 
 
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 Posted 05/30/2018  09:11 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Bezo816 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I was going through my Walkers, and found this 42 S Half that is missing the initials. Problem is, there are no other 42' S listed with missing initials..am I missing something? As always, thank you for your time.


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 Posted 05/31/2018  12:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add drdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Polished die?
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 Posted 05/31/2018  3:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bezo816 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Like it has been polished over?
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 Posted 05/31/2018  9:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add drdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes. Check out this link for more info:
https://www.NGCcoin.com/variety-plu...ollars/4738/
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 Posted 06/01/2018  11:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The AW monogram is incuse on the coins and is in the field. Normally the field is the highest part of the die, but since the initials are incuse in the coin they have to be raised on the die. That makes the initials the highest feature on the dies, all out in the open. Any polishing done to the dies would tend to grind away the initials. Frankly I'm surprised missing inital WL halves are not more common than they are. I suspect they didn't do much die polishing on this series and simply replaced the dies more frequently when they clashed or sustained other damage.
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