Obverse 2: Proof Die, Medium Level Date, Partial S
Reverse A: Proof Die, Die Crack Across Lower Ribbons and Wreath, Reverse of 1870 (A)
Obverse 2 Reverse A.2
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s) Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: Proof Obverse 2 is paired with Reverse A, which is a left over proof reverse die from 1870. Reverse A can be found in the same die state when paired with either 1871 Obverse 1 or Obverse 2 and 1870 Obverse 3 for proof coinage. The 1871 Obverse 2 and Reverse A pairing will be used again for business strikes.
A June 2006 study of the Heritage Auction Archives revealed that F-102 is the most common of the three 1871 proof varieties. Of the twenty-three Heritage 1871 proof dimes offered at auction since 2000, fourteen (61%) were the F-102 variety.
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, NGC PF63
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