Repunched Date (RPD)

A majority of Indian Cent die varieties are repunched dates. Until 1909, each die’s date was placed by hand using a hard steel punch and a hammer when the die was annealed (a soft state). In 1909, the Mint began placing the date on the master hub. A repunched date was caused by the date punch being hit more than once with a mallet. Some RPDs are subtle, others are very extreme.

For an in-depth analysis of Repunched Dates, see Wexler’s article by clicking here.

Examples of a Repunched Date (RPD)

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