Variety 111a

 Obverse 11: High Level Date, Die Lines In The Shield

Reverse I.2: Shattered Reverse, Medium S, [mm Lt,H,TR4]


Obverse 11                                              Reverse I.2


Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)



Comments: Reverse I is in a terminal die state with what appears to be internal die cuds at 9:00 and 11:00.

This is a rare die state with only several low grade examples surfacing in the past twenty years; a strong pricing premium is warranted for examples in any grade.

Effective November 25, 2013, the following information was added to the Variety 111a webpage.

During late 2013, the author located the below Variety 111a specimen at a coin show. This specimen is the highest grade example seen and finally provides a view of Reverse I's terminal condition. Note the well defined die cracks at 9:00 with shelf metal at the upper break. The upper die break is more severe with internal cud at 11:30.


Ten years later during October 2023, a Mint State F-111a example graded NGC MS64 surfaced as part of a GFRC consignment. This high grade example provides a fascinating view in the reverse die condition when near, or at its terminal die state. Shelf metal is located at the left reverse and also at 11:00 consistent with the above EF40 illustration.


The reverse cuds are fully formed but free of wear that flattens the raise metal leading to bold contrast between the cud and surrounding surfaces as seen with the VF25 graded plate coin above. The die cracks on the right reverse are also well defined suggesting die fatigue that was consistent throughout the periphery.


Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, NGC VF25 CAC - Greer Plate Coin (top above), GFRC Inventory, EF40 (middle) and NGC MS64 (bottom)

1887-S Varieties 101, 102, 102a, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 108a, 109, 110, 111, 111a, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120

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