Variety 103

 Obverse 2: Medium Date, Slight Upward Slope

Reverse C: Doubled Reverse Die, Medium S, [mm Rt,H,TL4]


Obverse 2                                                Reverse C


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




Comments: Reverse C is a doubled die with the doubling being most significant above the letters (ONE). Traces of die doubling can be found on the outer wreath elements on the left side of the die. Kam Ahwash comments in his encyclopedia that "The entire reverse is doubled strongly". This statement should be re-examined as the doubling is primarily seen above the letters of the denomination. The Ahwash plate coin is also in my collection and its die state matches this plate coin exactly.

The Reverse C mintmark position is very similar to Reverse H and difficulties in separating the two reverse dies based on mintmark position alone will prove to be difficult. Collectors should use the obverse die date positions and the lack of reverse doubling on Reverse H to isolate Variety 111 from Variety 103. To clarify the differences between mintmark positions on Varieties 103 and 111, following are comparison images.


Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, MS63

1888-S Varieties 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 107a, 108, 109, 110, 111, 111a, 112

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