CC In Wreath
Obverse 13: High Date, Slight Downward Slope
Reverse H: Small Wide CC, [mm Rt,L]
Collar: 89 Reeds
Obverse 13 Reverse H
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s) Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: Variety 118 features an incremental obverse die pairing with Reverse H. The Obverse 13 plate coin is in low grade therefore date position is the primary diagnostic. Reverse H is in early die state without die bulge at 7:00. The plate coin was struck with an 89 reed collar residual from 1874.
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 13
This is the first identification of Obverse 13 and no other die pairings are presently known.
Previous/Subsequent Die Pairings - In Wreath Reverse H
Reverse H was previously paired with IW Obverse 10 (Variety 114) followed by this die pairing with Obverse 13, then a die marriage with 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 Obverse 12 (Variety 116) and finally, IW Obverse 5 (Variety 117).
Plate Coin: Courtesy of Chris Majtykas Collection, VG10
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