Introducing Chisel Chin
By Art DelFavero, RM552
In 2013 I was able to secure a coin through a private auction which positively matched a specimen featured in Romines' book two, ( 2 and #3). Del Romines believed the plate coin to be a Neo-Bo or modern. A subsequent QD form by examiners Romines and Fivaz re-classified the status as a Classic Era production. Good fortune led me to another match at the 2020 F.U.N. Show (#1).
One thing that stood out about the artist's subject was a very pointed and protruding beard. This rare feature was also singled out in the aforementioned QD of the third coin. With this in mind I thought it would be fitting to nickname this artist "Chisel Chin."
The carving characteristics for "Chisel Chin" are as follows:
- Pointy chisel shaped beards that almost meet the coin's rim.
- Derby hats with slightly curved down long brims, textured crowns on two.
- Kidney shaped ears.
- Head and facial hair created by wriggle cutting.
- Hastily cleaned necks with no collars.
- Front of hat brim points to B or E in LIBERTY.
- LIBERTY and dates left intact.
- Rendered on mid to late dated Philadelphia mint issued host coins.