Type I - Variety 110
Obverse 8: Low Level Date Far Right, Multiple Die Polish Lines
Reverse I: Die Scratch Upper Left Wreath, Bold Denomination
Obverse 8 Reverse I
Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: The Obverse 8 and Reverse I die pairing was discovered at the October 2014 Denver Expo by the author. The primary Obverse 8 diagnostic is a date punch positioned far right with Denticle Ruler measurement 2L. There are several regions of horizontal die polished lines; immediate to the right of Liberty's right arm and also behind the date digits (see images above). Bold die scratches are also seen in the shield at random diagonal angles.
The Reverse I die is well hubbed with bold lettering in the denomination as compared to most other 1861 Type I reverse dies. A die scratch in the upper left wreath as shown above provides a unique diagnostic for Reverse I.
Plate Coin: Gerry Fortin Rare Coins Inventory, ANACS MS62
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