CC In Wreath
Obverse 10: Medium Level Date
Reverse H: Small Wide CC, [mm Rt,L]
Collar: 89 Reeds
Obverse 10 Reverse H
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s) Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: A second obverse die pairing with Reverse H, the wide CC mintmark reverse, was identified by Chris Majtykas during March 2006. Obverse 10 is characterized by a Medium Level Date with the left foot of the 1 digit about touching the DR 0 denticle. There is a die scratch within the lower shield that can also help as a diagnostic marker.
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 10
Currently, this is the only known die pairing for Obverse 10. Finding additional die marriages should be straight forward given the close distance between the left foot of 1 digit and DR 0 denticle.
Previous/Subsequent Die Pairings - In Wreath Reverse H
This variety is the first Reverse H pairing followed by a subsequent die marriage with IW Obverse 13, then IW Obverse 3 (Variety 112). 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: Courtesy of Chris Majtyka Collection, EF45
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