Obverse 1: Very High Date, Open 54, Left Foot of 1 Broken
Reverse A: Large Thin O, [mm C,H], Die Crack Wreath Through O(F) To Rim
Obverse 1 Reverse A
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Comments: Obverse 1 exhibits a weak date hubbing. All 1854 obverse dies were hubbed from a working hub die with the date and arrows included within the working hub die. This practice starting during 1853 for a portion of the obverse dies and continued through 1854 and 1855 for all obverse dies. On Obverse 1, the left foot of the 1 digit is incomplete while the flag of the 1 is very thin. There is a well defined space between the 54 digits in the date.
On Reverse A, there is a die crack from the top of the right wreath through O(F) and into the rim. The reverse die appears to be in a later die state with weakness in the wreath leaves and appears to grade at least one full grade lower than the obverse. The Large O mintmark is thin.
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS AU55
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