Variety 105

 Obverse 5: Blundered Date, Proof Die, High Level Date, Partial (S)TATES

Reverse E: Proof Die, Minor Die Doubling in Wreath


Obverse 5                                                   Reverse E


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Comments: This proof variety was discovered by Walter Breen and first listed by Kam Ahwash. Its discovery initiated the study of Liberty Seated dimes for blundered or "misplaced dates". The 1 digit is punched twice into the base directly above the final 18 digits in the date. The full base and upright of the higher misplaced 1 is clearly visible below the end of the scroll. The left base of the second 1 digit is visible below the upper blundered digit. Obverse 5 also exhibits circular lathe lines in Liberty's upper body. The upper shield and gown area to the right of the shield appears rough, as if from a rusted die.

Reverse E shows some minor die doubling on the ribbon ends and throughout the wreath.

The variety is also listed by Breen as BR-3345 and in the Top 100 Varieties as proof only. However, at least one business strike example has been certified from this die pair. See Variety 105a.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS PF64

1868 Varieties 101, 102, 103, 104, 104a, 105, 105a, 106, 106a, 107, 107a, 108, 109, 110, 110a, 111, 112

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