Type II - Variety 105

 Obverse 4: Medium Date, Upward Slope, Die Defect In Lower Shield

Reverse E: Excessively Rusted Die


Obverse 4                                                Reverse E


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



Comments: Obverse 4 is first paired with an excessively rusted die. The rust damage is predominantly seen around and within the letters in ONE DIME. Some rust damage is also visible on left wreath edge near the denomination. There is a die defect or spike shaped die scratch at the lower point of the shield.

Larry Briggs first identified this variety. It remains very rare with only several pieces known. This plate coin was purchased from Brian Greer after he published the variety within his DLRC guide book on Liberty Seated dimes in 1992. I subsequently sold the Greer piece to Dale Miller. During late 2014, Gerry Fortin Rare Coins received a new specimen graded PCGS EF45 as a consignment. This example sold in early 2015 with the Top 100 pricing guide being adjusted accordingly based on this sale. Below are images of the the PCGS EF45 example.


Plate Coin: Courtesy Dale Miller Collection, AU50 - Greer Variety Plate Coin

1861 Type I Varieties 101, 102, 103, 104, 104a, 105, 106, 107

1861 Type II Varieties 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 110a, 111, 112, 113

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