Obverse 3 : Medium Date, Star 11 Repunched
Reverse E : Medium O, [mm Rt,H], Bold Legend, Early Die State
Obverse 3 Reverse E
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Comments: Reverse E presents the only Medium O die employed during 1840 and is paired with Obverse 3. Early die state coinage struck with Reverse is seen with a well defined legend especially at UNITED.
The primary diagnostic for Obverse 3 is bold repunching on Star 11.
The Obverse 3 and Reverse E die pairing can be found in early and late die states. Later die states (Variety 106a) will have die erosion primarly on the reverse with a die crack through STAT(E)S. The challenge, as with all 1840 New Orleans dimes, is locating examples in original EF grade or better.
During 2000, Kevin Zeitler purchased an outstanding high grade broad struck example of the Medium O variety.
This specimen shows the Medium O variety in an early die state with full definition of both the obverse and reverse denticles. No traces of the die crack through STAT(E)S are evident on the reverse.
Plate Coin: Rare American Coins Consignment (above top), PCGS EF45
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