Variety 105a

 Obverse 5.2: Long Flag 1, High Date, Slight Upward Slope, Broken (S)TATES, Die Lines & Defects In Shield

Reverse E.2: Random Die Lines In Lower Left Wreath


Obverse 5.2                                              Reverse E.2


Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)


Comments For Variety 105: Both business strikes and proofs were struck with the Obverse 5 die. A Long Flag 1 date punch is utilized on Obverse 5. The date has a slight upward slope, use this slope to identify Obverse 5 examples. There is a die scratch in the upper part of the shield under the "B" in Liberty, between shield lines 4 and 5. Numerous other die lines and die defects are present within the shield.  Many examples of Variety 105a seen to date have been proof like.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS MS64 CAC Green

Comparison of Short and Long Flag 1 Dates


Comments: A comparison of the digit styles within the Short Flag 1 and Long Flag 1 dates clearly indicates that all four digits within each date are different. Therefore it can be concluded that two different date punches were used for the dies of 1869. Most notable differences include the size variations in the lower loop of the 6 digit and the upper loop of the 9 digit.

1869 Varieties 101, 102, 103, 104, 104a, 105, 105a, 106, 106a, 107, 108

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