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
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: This proof variety was discovered by Walter Breen and first listed by Kam Ahwash. Its discovery initiated the study of 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 radial 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
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