The Volunteer



We have our first new die-clash image since we opened this web site, an almost straight line hanging down to the south-east from under Ike’s bust at the “F” of “FG”:

This is a single-bang clash, a 72-D.  The Volunteer shown is a strong Grade A.

Below is a double Volunteer paired with its double Talon Head, also Grade A:

Let’s call this Volunteer a Grade A.

Below is a triple Volunteer with its paired triple Moon Line:

This triple is Grade B, paired with a triple Moon Line, how sweet is that!

Here is a Grade C Volunteer from a 71-S SB Ike:  note it is a very tight double.

Why are we calling this die-clash image the “Volunteer”?  “Volunteer” is a term familiar to all farmers, signifying a plant that shows up uninvited, not purposefully planted, but there it is, big as life.   The classic example is a melon vine or tomato plant showing up on a compost pile.

The Volunteer is caused by the leading edge of the Eagle’s left wing (our right).  Even a Grade C is distinctive by the light it catches on “wobbling” and by its tight association with the “F” of “FG” (unless there is O-R die rotation, as occurred with the double and triple bang examples).

Early estimates indicate the Volunteer is more common than the die-abrasion peg leg but less common than the Talon Head.  Grade A is maybe 10%, B is 30% and C is 60%.  We’ve been looking right at this image and missing it cold for three years.  Just shows how much there is yet to be discovered in this relatively short and recent series.

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