Variety 102

 Obverse 2: High Level Date

Reverse B: Small Weak S, [mm Lt,H,TR8], Reverse of 1869-S and 1870-S


Obverse 2                                                 Reverse B


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


Comments: Reverse B is always found weak at the denomination and at the lower inner left and right leaves. Reverse B was previously used by the San Francisco mint to strike coinage in 1869 and in 1870. Compare the Small Weak S mintmark position on 1871-S Reverse B with the mintmark placements on 1869-S Reverse B and 1870-S Reverse A. Before re-use in 1871, Reverse B appears to have been polished or lapped.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, NGC MS64

1871-S Varieties 101, 102, 103

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