Type I Reverse - Variety 107
Obverse 5.2: Interim Die State, Doubled Obverse Die, Medium Level Date, Large Knob 6
Reverse F: Small CC, [mm Lt,C,TL4], Greer Reverse B
Obverse 5.2 Reverse F
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s) Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: During a third reverse die pairing, Obverse 5 continues to show degrading device details. A group of die scratches appear under the 876 date digits. In this interim die state, most of LIBERTY's gown folds have been eliminated and head details are fully muted. The early die state doubling on the lower gown folds cannot be detected on this higher grade specimen.
Reverse F presents a Small CC mintmark that tilts upward. This reverse die also shows significant erosion around both E's in ONE DIME and across the wreath devices. This die pairing is used to strike coinage until most of the obverse and reverse devices are completely without details. One must wonder why the Carson City mint employees chose to continue striking dimes with such degraded dies.
Greer states that "This is the most common of the three 1876-CC Double Die obverse die pairings in any grade."
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, AU55
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