Type I Reverse - Variety 128
Obverse 13.2: Rusted and Worn Die, Medium Level Date, Large Knob 6
Reverse M: Die Cracks, Small CC, [mm Lt,L,TL1], Doubled ONE DIME
Obverse 13.2 Reverse M
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s) Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: While in a worn and late die state from a Variety 116a die pairing, Obverse 13 is paired with a second reverse die which is labeled as Reverse M. During this die state , die erosion is evident between the legend and the denticles on Obverse 13. Die rust can be seen throughout Liberty's neck and upper body.
Reverse M exhibits doubling on the denomination with the DIM(E) ON(E) being strongly doubled. There are faint die cracks in the left and right lower wreath. A die crack crosses through the Small CC mintmark, then into the rim.
Without close inspection, it is easy to confuse Varieties 116a and 128 since the same obverse die and die state is matched with two different reverse dies. Complicating the diagnostics is similar mintmark postions on Reverse dies L and M. For proper attribution, use the die cracks located in the right and left wreath devices.
Plate Coin: Courtesy Paul Bradley Collection, NGC MS64
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