Variety 117

 Obverse 4.2: Repunched 52, High Level Date, Die Cracks

Reverse Q: Die Defects at (S)TATES and AME(R)ICA


Obverse 4.2                                                Reverse Q


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



Comments: In a later die state, Obverse 4 has developed a die crack that starts above Star 7, proceeds right through Liberty's head, then through Star 8, the cap and tops of Stars 9 and 10 before exiting to the rim. This obverse die crack will be present on all subsequent die states when Obverse 4 is paired with Reverse E. The pairing of Obverse 4 and Reverse O has been recently identified. I did not want to disturb the existing order of reverse die designations with Obverse 4, therefore this new reverse die is listed as Reverse O though it is the second reverse to be paired with Obverse 4. At some later date, I will re-order and rename the reverse dies in alignment with known die pairings.

Reverse O has several diagnostics that allow quick differentiation from Reverse D or E. The (S)TATES has a die spur or defect in the upper loop. Also there is a die defect above the upper serif of AME(R)ICA. Both of these diagnostics should be sufficient for identifying Reverse O.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS MS64 CAC Green

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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