Obverse 6: Medium Level Date, Closed 9
Reverse F.2: Doubled Die Reverse #3, Clashed Die
Obverse 6 Reverse F
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s) Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: 1889 Doubled Die Reverse #3 (Reverse F) can be easily identified by strong northwest doubling on (O)NE and on the left upright of O(N)E. See the illistrations above. There is also strong doubling on the outer wheat stalk and on the left side of the lower maple leaves along with doubling of the veins within the maple leaves. Reverse F is clashed and shows later die state device weakness when paired with Obverse 6, therefore the F.2 die state designation. Previously, Reverse F was paired with Obverse 22 and listed as Variety 122.
Obverse 6 can be identified by its medium level date. Many examples of Variety 106 will be found weakly struck at Liberty's head and on the reverse bow knot.
Since 1889 Varieties 106 and 122 are struck with Doubled Die Reverse #3, both varieties are acceptable for inclusion in Top 100 Varieties set entry #89. The dominant factor is the boldly doubled reverse die.
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS MS63
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