Small Date

Variety 106a

 Obverse 6.2: Lapped Die, Medium Level Date, Die Scratch in Right Armpit, Closed 5

Reverse F.2: Heavily Clashed Die


Obverse 6.2                                            Reverse F.2


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


Obverse 6 Early Die State                    Obverse 6.2 After Die Lapping


Comments: In a later die state, Obverse 6 appears to have been polished or lapped. The die scratch in the right armpit is still faintly visible to confirm the die. Note that the date digits are smaller with the space between digits being larger than on Variety 106. Also note the opening size differences of the top and bottom ovals on the 8 digit and the lone oval on the 6 digit. On Variety 106, one might suggest the date position measurement is closer to DR 0R while on Variety 106a, the measurement is strictly DR 0B1.

Reverse F is obviously clashed with heavy clash marks behind DI(ME) while Obverse 6 shows no signs of die clashing. Was Obverse 6 lapped after being clashed with Reverse F? Additional research is necesary to answer this question.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS MS62

1856 Small Date Varieties 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 106a, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 114a, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123

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