Variety 102a

 Obverse 1: Low Date, Upward Slope, Closed 6

Reverse Ba: Small Thin S, [mm Lt,C], Reverse Rotated Right 35 Degrees, Reverse of 1861 (A)


Obverse 1                                               Reverse Ba


Comments: Reverse B is rotated right by 35 degrees. The plate coin exhibits the same die state as coinage produced during normal die alignment.

Since being discovered, this rotated reverse die state has become popular with serious die variety specialists. Most examples seen are typically in the VG through VF grade range which is also consistent with specimens with normal die alignment. A certified EF40 specimen appeared on the market during 2011 and an incremental example in PCGS VF20 came out during 2013. Expect dealers to ask a strong premium when this 1862-S die state does appear on the market.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, VF25

1862-S Varieties 101, 102, 102a

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