CC Below Wreath

Variety 110

 Obverse 7.2: High Date, Slight Downward Slope

Reverse G: Small CC, [mm Lt,L,TL1], Rim Cuds at 5:00, 7:00 and 10:00, Cracked Die

Collar: 113 Reeds


Obverse 7.2                                               Reverse G


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


Comments: Obverse 7 remains in the same late die state as Variety 109 and is paired with a third Below Wreath reverse die. Obverse 7 exhibits a die crack from the top of UNITE(D), through the middle of (ST)ATES and across the bottom of ST(ATES). For Varieties 109 and 110, Obverse 7 is in the same die state for both plate coins and it is difficult to determine which obverse/reverse die pairing occured first. I've selected the Obverse 7 and Reverse F pairing as being struck first based on die crack strength.

Previous/Subsequent Die Pairings - Below Wreath Obverse 7

During earlier die states, BW Obverse 7 was paired with an In Wreath reverse die (IW Variety 105) and is previously designated as IW Obverse 4. BW Obverse 7 was previously paired with BW Reverse E (BW Variety 108) and BW Reverse F (BW Variety 109).

Previous/Subsequent Die Pairings - Below Wreath Reverse G

Reverse G is also in a late die state with significant cracking on the left side of the wreath. Further die degradation from 10:30 to 12:00 would result in a partial or full retained cud. There are three distinct rim cuds on Reverse G at 5:00, 7:00 and 10:00. I have been unable to locate an earlier example of Reverse G to determine its prior marriages prior to the severe cracking in upper left wreath.

Special Note

Attributing Reverse F vs. G is a difficult task as the mintmark positions are quite similar. From the Variety 109 and 110 plate coins, there are sufficient diagnostics to separate the two reverse dies. Let's start with the mintmark position comparison and note that the right C on Reverse G is higher than left C while on Reverse F, the two C punches are level. Reverse F also exhibits a die scratch below the lower left wreath at 7:00 and the (D)IME is obviously doubled above the D.

Below Wreath Reverse F                    Below Wreath Reverse G


Specific Diagnostics for Reverse F Only


Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, AU50

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