Obverse 2: Proof Die, Medium Date, Upward Slope
Reverse B: Proof Die
Obverse 2 Reverse B
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: Obverse 2 was employed for both proof and business strikes. There is slight recutting in (STATES) and (AMERICA). A die defect can be found at the bottom of the shield between shield lines 6 and 7.
Look carefully at all 1866 Philadelphia dimes offered for sale as the 1866 San Francisco Variety 101 has a reverse die with a very weak mintmark. On some circulated examples, the mintmark may be completely missing. As a result, 1866-S Variety 101 dimes can be misattributed and often sold as a 1866 Philadelphia dime by dealers who have insufficient working knowledge of seated dimes. See the 1866-S Variety 101 page for date position images that can help differentiate true 1866 Philadephia dimes.
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, NGC PF63
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