Obverse 19: Proof Die, Complete 3, High Date, Downward Slope
Reverse S: Proof Die
Obverse 19 Reverse S
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: During June 2005, Paul Bradley identified a second 1883 proof obverse die. Upon receiving this information, a review of the Heritage Auction Archives confirmed that two obverse dies were used to strike 1883 proof dimes. On Obverse 19, the 3 digit is complete and the date punch is positioned much further left than on Obverse 3. Furthermore, Obverse 3 has a date that is level while the Obverse 19 die presents a date that slopes downward. From the Heritage Auction Archives review and sampling, it was found that Obverse 19 is more difficult to locate than Obverse 3 with about three in ten pieces being from the Obverse 19 die.
Plate Coin: Courtesy of Heritage Auction Archives, PF63
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