Variety 121

 Obverse 8: High Level Date, Weak Base Above 887

Reverse L.2: Worn Die, Medium S, [mm C,H,TR6]


Obverse 8                                                Reverse L.2


Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)                  Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)


Comments: Variety 121 results from the die pairing of Obverse 8 with a worn Reverse L. The primary Obverse 8 diagnostics are date position and the weak base above the 887 digits.

During this later die state, Reverse L is worn (or has been polished) with considerable loss of device details between 12:00 to 3:00. It would not be surprising to locate a higher grade example with die polishing lines in that area. Diagnosing Reverse L is straightforward due to the high Medium S mintmark that tilts sharply right.

This die pairing was discovered by the author during early August 2014.

Plate Coin: Gerry Fortin Rare Coins Inventory, EF45

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, 121

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