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."

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The carving characteristics for "Chisel Chin" are as follows:

  1. Pointy chisel shaped beards that almost meet the coin's rim.
  2. Derby hats with slightly curved down long brims, textured crowns on two.
  3. Kidney shaped ears.
  4. Head and facial hair created by wriggle cutting.
  5. Hastily cleaned necks with no collars.
  6. Front of hat brim points to B or E in LIBERTY.
  7. LIBERTY and dates left intact.
  8. Rendered on mid to late dated Philadelphia mint issued host coins.