Variety 104

 Obverse 3: Repunched 8 and 9, Prior Listings as 1849/8 Overdate

Reverse C: Horizontal Die Crack Through Ribbons and Right Stem, Reverse of 1848 (B)


Obverse 3                                                Reverse C


Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)                   Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)



Comments: Both Ahwash and Breen list Obverse 3 as the 1849/8 Overdate, while Greer suggests that the 1849/8 is only a repunched date. After close inspection of several examples under high power stereo microscope, I must agree with Greer that the traces of the originally punched digits in the upper loops of 8 and 9 are that of an 8 and 9 and not 8 and 8. This conclusion is based on the shapes and rotations of the upper ovals of the 8 and 9. The oval of the 9 is rotated right by 8 degrees while the upper oval of the 8 has no rotation. Inspection of the residual punches within the loops produced the same inner oval outlines as found on the 1849 logotype. Please see the following scan.

Reverse C exhibits a horizontal die crack across the ribbon ends and the right stem to the rim. This die crack identifies Reverse C as a left over die from 1848, in particular reverse die (B)

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS EF40

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