CC In Wreath
Obverse 3: Die Defect On Mid Section, High Date, Downward Slope
Reverse H: Small Wide CC, [mm Rt,L]
Collar: 89 Reeds
Obverse 3 Reverse H
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s) Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: Obverse 3 is paired with Reverse H, a reverse die with widely spaced CC mintmarks and commonly known as the Wide CC Mintmark. Obverse 3 can be easily diagnosed by a large die defect or blob on Liberty's mid section. The right "C" mintmark on Reverse H is positioned far right due to the large spacing between the two CC mintmark punches
In the March 1978 Gobrecht Journal, John McCloskey first published multiple varieties for the 1875-CC In Wreath dimes. In particular, John noted that certain Wide CC mintmark dimes were struck with an old collar from 1874 with 89 reeds. During 1875, the Carson City mint changed collars to a 113 reed standard employed at the Philadelphia and San Francisco mints. As a result of his discovery, John stated that In Wreath dimes were the first to be struck at the Carson City mint in early 1875. The above plate coin exhibits 89 reeds vs. the 113 reeds found on all other 1875-CC dimes other than Variety 112 and 114. Therefore it is possible that Variety 112, 114 and 118 were the first Carson City die pairings for early coinage in 1875.
Previous/Subsequent Die Pairings - In Wreath Obverse 3
Obverse 3 is paired with three different In Wreath reverse dies and a single Below Wreath reverse before being retired. During its initial pairing with Reverse H (Wide CC Mintmark), Obverse 3 is found with 89 reeds and in an early die state with no diagnostic points other than date position and a large blob die defect on Liberty's mid section. Following pairing with Reverse A include Variety 103 IW Reverse A, Variety 104 IW Reverse B and Varieties 107 and 107a with BW Reverse D. During the last die pairing with a Below Wreath reverse, the obverse die is labeled as BW Obverse 6.
Previous/Subsequent Die Pairings - In Wreath Reverse H
Reverse H was first paired with IW Obverse 10 (Variety 114), then Obverse 13 (Variety 118) followed by this die marriage with Obverse 3. During the Obverse 3 pairing, the reverse die develops a bulge near 7:00 resulting in the loss of portions of the left ribbon end. This loss is permanent (Variety 112a) and appears in subsequent die pairings. Incremental die pairings are with IW Obverse 12 (Variety 116) and finally, IW Obverse 5 (Variety 117).
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS AU58 - Greer Plate Coin
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