Variety 102

 Obverse 2: Long Flag 1, High Level Date, Broken S

Reverse B: Small Weak S, [mm Lt,H,TR8]


Obverse 2                                                 Reverse B


Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)                     Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)


Comments: Variety 102 features a second die pair for 1869 San Francisco dimes. Again, the Long Flag 1 date punch is used for Obverse 2. The (S)TATES is completely broken on Obverse 2.

On Reverse B, a Small Weak S mintmark is positioned left and high with a strong right tilt. Reverse B will be used again in 1870 and 1871 to strike additional San Francisco coinage.

The Variety 102 die pairing with the Small Weak S mintmark is more difficult to locate than the 1869-S Variety 101 with the Small Thin S.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS MS67 CAC

1869-S Varieties 101, 101a, 102

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