Large Date

Variety 103

 Obverse 3: Very High Date, Downward Slope

Reverse C: Perfect Die


Obverse 3                                                 Reverse C


Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)

Comments: Ken Hill lists this obverse as Variety III during his Gobrecht Journal analysis of the 1856 Large Date obverse dies. Of the four 1856 Large Date obverses, Obverse 3 is clearly the most challenging to locate in higher grades of EF or better. I had not seen a Mint State example of this variety until one appeared in May 2004 on the Heritage website. That coin was graded MS62 by NGC.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, NGC AU58

1856 Large Date Varieties 101, 102, 103, 103a, 104

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