1839 N-14 LDS with CUD ?
I am looking at the 1839 N-14 in Part II (Middle Dates) of the Dan Holmes Collection Auction Catalog, May 30th, 2010. Lot #560 on page 311. This coin is described as LDS by Bob Grellman. No where is there described a cud on the obverse where the back of the bust meets the hair curls low on the bust.
John Wright's excellent The CENT Book does not describe any Die States for this coin. Neither does Bill Noyes' volume on Large Cents from 1816-1839. There are no collectible die states according to Noyes.
This coin was also in the Reiver auction before Holmes and the photograph is the same. It is lot #20138 on page I-223. There is no description of a cud present in the Reiver catalog.
One thought is while reading through the latest notes and updates to John Wright's book, there is a correction to the "rare Terminal Die state" of the 1827 N-8. It says, "The "chunk fallen out of the interior of the die" is an illusion caused by a flan lamination folded over and worn down to obscure its edges."
Could I be seeing some other type of striking effect and what I am seeing where the hair and the base of the bust meet is not a cud at all?
Thanks and Regards
It looks to me to be a weakness of striking coupled with perhaps some crud stuck in the die. The example you sited also has some problems with the curls at the back of the neck. Looking at some of the other offerings shows a number of this year type have similar but not as strong "blobed" detail. Interesting that it is probably a problem with the striking of the booby heads. Good eyes!