S In Wreath

Variety 103a

 Obverse 1.3: Rim Cud 9:30, Die Crack Through STATES, Clashed Die

Reverse C.2: Medium S, [mm Rt,C], Clashed Die, Die Crack Touches Right Ribbon End


Obverse 1.3                                            Reverse C.2


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




Comments: Regardless of the die crack through UNITE(D STATES), Obverse 1 is paired with a third reverse die that is labeled as Reverse C. During this die pairing Obverse 1 develops a rim cud at 9:30 which is the origin point for the die crack through UNITE(D STATES). Obverse 1 shows some die erosion but continues to produce fully detailed strikes.

Reverse C, during this late die state, is boldly clashed and exhibits a die crack in the lower right wreath that is the primary diagnostic. This die crack touches the right ribbon end before exiting to the rim. Another die crack is seen in the lower left wreath between 7:30 to 9:00. This is a prime location for die cracks on most In Wreath reverse dies and is not suitable as a primary diagnostic point.

I have only seen one example of the Variety 103 early die state and two examples of the Variety 103a late date state die pairing after accumulating a substantial number of AU through Mint States pieces during a twenty year timeframe. These die pairings are initially estimated to be R5 which is considered conservative.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, NGC MS62

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

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