Reverse 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.

The reverse dies for Camel Toe toonies are paired more-or-less randomly with obverse dies. This means that any particular reverse die crack could potentially appear on coins dated with any of the five years.

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 reverse die cracks use letters (Eg: "A", "B", etc.) If a particular die crack has been observed with multiple levels of progression, it will be further subdivided using numbers (Eg: "E1", "E2", etc.)

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