Obverse Die Crack

A die crack occurs when the die begins to fail. This could be due to poor materials used to create the die, improper procedures for hardening the die and over-use, just to name a few potential causes. For the Camel Toe toonies, all of the above are probably factors. The dies are simply not manufactured or heat treated to the high level of quality such as what the Royal Canadian Mint would use and so they will be more likely to fail or start developing cracks much sooner.

Due to how die cracks start and grow before the die completely fails, it is not uncommon to see a "progression" in some die cracks. As a die continues to be used, any cracks present will gradually get worse and new cracks may form. This produces coins with varying severities of die cracks.

BWJM Numbers for obverse die cracks use numbers (Eg: "1", "2", etc.) If a particular die crack has been observed with multiple levels of progression, it will be further subdivided using lowercase letters (Eg: "3a", "3b", etc.)

The numbers are grouped by year, so there is a "1" for each of the five years and they are each different. When referring to any particular obverse die crack, specify the BWJM Number (Eg: "CT96-3", "CT04-1", "MTL04-1", etc.).

Camel Toe 1996

Camel Toe 2002

Camel Toe 2004

Camel Toe 2005

Camel Toe 2005A

Camel Toe 2006

Montreal Mint 2004

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