Small S - Variety 118
Obverse 15: Misplaced 8 in Denticles, High Level Date
Reverse Q: Small Filled S, [mm Lt,H]
Obverse 15 Reverse Q
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Comments: At the 2013 Winter FUN show, James Smith provided an 1875-S Below Wreath dime with the top of an 8 digit in the denticles. James also pointed out that the die pair was Variety 118 but without the rotated reverse left by 80 degrees as listed in the web-book at that time. James' discovery took considerable time to publish as we revisited the topic during the 2014 Winter FUN show LSCC meeting. Above are images that clearly illustrate the presence of the top of 8 digit in the denticles. This misplaced date punch was not seen on the Variety 118a rotated reverse plate coin due to low grade.
On Reverse Q, the submission of James' dime also confirms that a Small Filled S mintmark designation is appropriate. The Variety 118 and Variety 118a listings are updated to reflect this decision.
Plate Coin: Courtesy of James Smith Collection, VF25
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