Introducing Devil Beard

By Chris Dempsey LM 64

In May of 2012, the first example of this coin, on a 1916 host coin, came up for sale on eBay and I was the lucky winner for $230. Before the auction ended, however, I had already matched the coin to the example on a 1914 host coin, which was sold in a previous Heritage multi-coin auction lot.

The third coin, on a 1913 host coin, came the following morning while discussing the match with Art DelFavero over the phone. After locating what I thought was a match from the 1999 OHNS auction, Art tripped over the third coin while searching for a better photo of the coin I was actually looking for. I chose the name "Devil Beard" because all known examples have a beard that comes to a point on the chin, resembling the stereotypical depiction of the Devil's beard.

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The carving characteristics for "Devil Beard" are as follows:

  1. Date and liberty left intact.
  2. Unaltered profile.
  3. Plain collar that stops at jaw line.
  4. Short, densely packed curved cuts comprise beard.
  5. Domed derby with a simple, straight hat brim and ribbon.
  6. Ribbon is comprised of an open-faced, left facing "V" and three vertical cut lines.
  7. Ear resembles a backwards question mark with the center hollowed out.
  8. Carved on early date Indian head nickels.