Variety 103

 Obverse 2: High Level Date

Reverse A.2: Polished Die, Small Weak S, [mm Lt,H]


Obverse 2                                                Reverse A.2


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


Comments: Obverse 2 is also paired with Reverse A. During this die pairing, Reverse A is very weak and may have been polished or lapped prior to the pairing with Obverse 2. Weakness is evident at the denomination and also within the left wreath leaves. The Small Weak S mintmark is marginally visible on the plate coin. After years of searching, I believe the die pairing to be the most difficult of the three 1871-S varieties to locate.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, NGC MS61

1871-S Varieties 101, 102, 103

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