Type II Reverse - Variety 102
Obverse 1: Medium Level Date
Reverse B: Excessively Lapped Die, Small CC, [mm Lt,C,TR]
Obverse 1 Reverse B
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s) Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: Obverse 1 is paired with a second Type II reverse die that has been badly lapped. The reverse die lapping has removed nearly all of the left ribbon end and minimizing any details in the lower left wreath leaves. There is another occurence of a badly lapped 1877-CC Type II reverse die. This occurence is listed at Variety 116 and involves Reverse L.
I have also noted the same occurences of reverse die lapping for 1878-CC coinage, suggesting that all 1878-CC Type II reverse dies were left over from 1877 and were lapped before being placed into service. This theory may be incorrect as more 1877-CC Type II dimes appears with lapped reverse dies. Additional research is needed to characterize and explain this phenomenon.
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, VF20
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