Variety 112

 Obverse 10: High Level Date, Weak Lower Shield Lines

Reverse L: Horizontal Bisecting Die Crack Through DIME, Rim Cuds


Obverse 10                                                Reverse L


Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)


Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)


Comments: The lower shield on Obverse 10 is weakly hubbed. The date punch is positioned high and near the base with measurement DR 0L. There is a faint die crack from Star 7 to Liberty's head then rim at 12:00.

Diagnosing Obverse 10 requires the use of die cracks as the date punch is positioned similar to Obverse 13. On both obverse dies, the date measurement is DR 0L and close to the base. See below images for reference.

F-112 (Obverse 10)                                  F-115 (Obverse 13)


Reverse L exhibits a horizontal and bisecting die crack starting at UNI(TE)D through the left wreath leaves, then through DIME and the right wreath, and through AME(R)ICA to rim. The die crack is faint between the letters DI(ME). Another die crack joins the tops of the letters (OF A)MERICA and can be seen on the reverse plate coin image above. Finally note the die crack that starts at the rim below (U)NITED and proceeds up through (UNIT)ED to the rim. This die crack will continue to progress and result in a partial cud. See Variety 112b.

May 15, 2019 Update - In the case of early die states, Reverse L will only exhibit a faint die crack through AME(R)ICA. Use the two reverse cuds adjacent to (STAT)ES as an addition diagnostic. Below are images for an early die state example with obvious rim cuds courtesy of Tony Alberts. The above plate coin also has the two reverse cuds but they are difficult to see due to old style PCGS Gen 4.0 holder.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS AU55

1852 Varieties 101, 102, 102a, 103, 104, 105, 105a, 105b, 106, 107, 108, 108a, 109, 110, 110a, 110b, 111, 112, 112a, 112b, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117

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