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Number of date digits added to the master die

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Starting in 1909, the Mint left either two or three of the date digits on the master hub, punching the remainder of the digits, either one or two, into the master die. This prctice was continued up until the mid 1980's.


My question is, "what is the exact number of digits punched into the master die?". If anyone knows for sure and the reference that it can be found in, I sure would appreciate knowing it. I am aware that the CPG, using an article by John Wexler, states that two digits were punched into the master, however, there are still differences of opinions, with some saying that there was only one digit, the last, being punched into the master die.


My thanks for any information that you can give me on this subject.


Robert Neff

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