Micro S - Variety 104

 Obverse 3: High Date, Slight Downward Slope, Broken (S)TATES

Reverse D: Filled Micro S, [mm Lt,H], Reverse Rotated Right 6 Degrees


Obverse 3                                                   Reverse D


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



Comments: Variety 104 results from the first pairing of Obverse 3 and Reverse D dies. During this die pairing the reverse die is rotated right by 6 degrees. The Micro S mintmark is weakly struck resulting in a "filled" appearance consistent with nearly all Micro S dimes struck during 1875.

Variety 104 rarity is difficult to estimate since only seeing the plate coin that confirmed this variety can be located with "filled" and "unfilled" Micro S mintmarks. Given the amount of personal searching for the "unfilled" variety, I would have expected to notice this die pairing earlier on during the web-book research. At this time, the assigned rarity is R5 for specimens grading VF or better.

Obverse 3 and Reverse D will be paired a second time to produced additional coinage. Dime struck from this pairing are designated as Variety 104a and exhibit the important "unfilled" Micro S that is rarely seen and included the Top 100 Varieties set.

Plate Coin: Courtesy Dale Miller Collection, EF45

1875-S Micro S Reverse Varieties 101, 102, 102a, 103, 104, 104a

1875-S Small S Reverse Varieties 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 118a, 119, 120, 121, 121a

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