S In Wreath

Variety 101

 Obverse 1: Early Die State, High Date, Downward Slope, Broken S

Reverse A.2: Shattered Die, Medium S, [mm Rt,L]


Obverse 1                                              Reverse A.2


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


Comments: Coinage from an early die state Obverse 1 is the best change for locating an In Wreath specimen with full head on Liberty and completely defined shield.

Reverse A has suffered considerable die fatigue and is heavily cracked. The die cracks first appeared during a prior pairing with Obverse 2. When paired with Obverse 1, reverse die degradation continues into a terminal condition with a large retained cud appearing below the left and right ribbon ends. All examples of the Obverse 1 and Reverse A die pairing are seen with a cracked reverse.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS MS64 (above top), PCGS AU55 (above cracked die mapping)

1875-S In Wreath Varieties 101, 101a, 102, 102a, 103, 103a, 104, 105, 105a, 106, 106a

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