Variety 104

 Obverse 3: Medium Date, Slight Downward Slope, Open 9

Reverse C: Small S, [mm Lt,H], Weak Wreath


Obverse 3                                              Reverse C


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



Comments: During this die pairing, Obverse 3 is found in an early die state. It took considerable study to locate additional diagnostic points to prove that the above coin is an early die state example of the Ahwash 3 obverse. Within Liberty's body, there are additional die markers that provided the evidence. The first marker is a die defect located directly below the right armpit. The second die marker is a group of polish lines in the crotch area between Liberty's legs.

Reverse C shows considerable weakness throughout the wreath. The Small S is positioned left and high aiding with diagnosing this reverse die. The Reverse C strike on the plate coin is very weak and easily a full grade lower than the obverse.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, EF40

1889-S Varieties 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 105a, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110

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