Small Date

Variety 116a

 Obverse 14.2: Clashed Die, Misplaced 8 Digit, Doubled Obverse Die

Reverse P.2: Clashed Die


Obverse 14.2                                          Reverse P.2


Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)


Comments: The misplaced top of 8 digit remains as the primary diagnostic point in later die states. Obverse and reverse dies are clashed. Reverse die clashing is obvious behind the denomination letters DIME. The minor doubling at the tops of (AMERIC)A is no longer evident. Obverse die doubling in the lower gown lines also is faint.

Locating early die state examples with prominent obverse die doubling and reverse doubling on AMERICA will be most challenging. I would consider fully struck early die state specimens in AU or better to be R5.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, ANACS AU55

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

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