Type I Reverse - Variety 115b
Obverse 12.2: Late Die State, Rusted Die, Die Defect at UNIT(ED), High Level Date
Reverse K.3: Late Die State, Die Break 3:00 - 4:30, Rim Cud 5:30, Small CC, [mm Lt,L]
Obverse 12.2 Reverse K.3
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s) Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: During the 2013 American Numismatic Convention, Scott Grieb visited the Rare American Coins table and offered several important Seated dimes for the web-book variety documentation. Of keen interest was this 1876 Carson City plate coin with a later die state Reverse K. The Variety 115a parallel die breaks in the lower right wreath have become one massive die break and that break is well defined due to the dime's high grade. In addition to the die break, the same dime has a sizable die cud at the rim between 5:00 and 6:00.
Obverse 12 remains in the same die state as Variety 115a with die weakness in the left shield. Rust damage continues to be evident throughout Liberty's upper body and the shield. The die defect below UNIT(ED) remains visible, though eroded, and is the primary diagnostic for Obverse 12.
This late die state variety is rare and appears much less often than the popular Double Die Obverse, Repunched 18 and Misplaced Date varieties.
Plate Coin: Courtesy Scott Grieb Collection, AU50
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