S In Wreath

Variety 103

 Obverse 1.2: Die Crack Through STATES, High Date, Downward Slope, Broken S

Reverse C: Medium S, [mm Rt,C], Die Lines Lower Right Oak Leaves


Obverse 1.2                                             Reverse C


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).

During its early die state, Reverse C is essentially perfect with no cracks. However, there are numerous die lines in the lower right oak leaves. I have tried to photograph those die lines with limited success per the above illustration. These die lines are the primary diagnostic for Reverse C and some of the die lines are still visible during the later Reverse C.2 die state.

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

Plate Coin: Rare American Coins Inventory, AU53

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

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