S In Wreath
Obverse 2.2: Severely Eroded Die, Medium Level Date, Broken S and O
Reverse E.2: Medium S, [mm Rt,L], Shattered and Eroded Reverse
Obverse 2.2 Reverse E.2
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s) Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: In what has to be a terminal die state, Obverse 2 is badly eroded with no head details and lower shield area nearly effaced. The letters in the legend are faint with the tops of (UNIT)ED merging into the surrounding field. 1875-S In Wreath dimes with an Obverse 2 in this die state will appear to grade at least one full grade lower than those dimes struck from Obverse 1 die. This fact renders the 1875-S In Wreath date difficult for grade and pricing assignment due to the broad divergence between Obverse 1 and Obverse 2 struck coinage.
Reverse E is also excessively eroded in this late die state with die cracks in the lower left and right wreaths to rim. Remember that die cracks are the primary diagnostic for separating In Wreath reverse dies.
A Toned AU Example of Variety 106a
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, AU55
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