CD 154 - Type II, Mold L12.1
piece courtesy Steve Blair
Features: Retooling of CD 154 Type II, Mold L12 to strengthen part of front lettering. On front, lettering LYNCH is shallower with rounded edges; BURG is now retooled deeper with sharply defined triangular edges (see photo below). Lettering is small; there is no L logo; the C is similar to the G and is lower than other letters (see photo below). On reverse, there is a gap between U.S. and the final A; the S slants slightly to the left; the second 4 is slightly larger. The mold number is die stamped with the 2 slightly higher than the 1; the number is usually very faint if visible at all. On some pieces there are blotches indicating a deterioration of the mold surface. On some pieces, lettering is very worn (see photo below).
NOTE: There are reports of a third retooling of this mold to add an L logo to the front but this remains unconfirmed.
Additional Information: There is a second CD 154 Lynchburg mold with this number ( CD 154 Type III, Mold L12), a rare occurrence among Lynchburgs. It is uncertain whether Type III, L12 is a reworking of this mold to repair deterioration of the mold surface, a modification of another mold, or a new mold. In any case, CD 154 Type III, Mold L12 is a slightly different shape and seems to have replaced this mold, and so carries the same mold number.
Comparison of CD 154 Mold L12, Type II (left) and Type III (right)
Mold Number Location: on reverse above and between NO. and 44.
Comparison of the different lettering; LYNCH is shallower with mostly rounded edges,
while BURG is retooled deeper with sharply triangular edges.
Detail illustrating very worn lettering.