Small Date

Variety 120

 Obverse 18: Weak Date Punch, High Date, Slight Upward Slope

Reverse T: Perfect Die



Obverse 18                                                 Reverse T


Obverse Diagnostic Point

Comments: Variety 120 has proven to be a very challenging date position variety that is rarely seen in EF or better. There are no obvious diagnostics for Obverse 18 other than the date position which has a slight upward slope and lightly punched.

There are no diagnostics to note on Reverse T.

The upper plate coin was located during June 2014 at a New England dealer show after years of searching for a nice original upgrade. A second PCGS EF45 example appeared during September 2015 as a consignment to Gerry Fortin Rare Coins and is also shown as the lower plate coin. The initial example of this variety was found in a 100 piece hoard around 1992 and remained as the web-book plate coin until June 2014.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS EF45 (above top), M. Lebow Collection, PCGS EF45 (above below)

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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