I admit I'm not familiar with every nuance of S-81, but, assuming your S-81 and, say, the Husak example, are both struck from the same dies, this would not be considered a new variety, since the definition of a variety is an obv/rev die pairing. However, they may very well be different die states. That, factored with different amounts of wear, could explain the differences you see.
Hard for my brain to get around the distinct difference in the attached pole vs non-attached pole versions. If the initial new die had an attached pole, then an older die would not distinctly separate the pole from the bust, I would think? Perhaps it would work the other way around, with the intial die a detached pole version. But then again, the poles are too different in my opinion. Oh well!
Originally Posted by Tom Deck
This brings up another question: How much retooling on a die results in a new variety? Maybe as the die aged, they recut the area between the bust and the pole, resulting in a separation? Or, I assume, regardless of the retooling, since its the same die, there is no new variety, just a new die state? OK
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