Variety 105a

 Obverse 3.2: Polished Die, Medium Date, Slight Downward Slope, Very Open 9

Reverse D: Small S, [mm Lt,C], Die Defect On ON(E)


Obverse 3.2                                            Reverse D


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



Comments: Obverse 3 has been polished with die lines still visible to the right of Liberty's right arm. The digits in the date are smaller resulting in a very open 9 and a DR measurement of 1L. Die cracks are evident from Liberty's foot up through AMERIC(A) to the rim and from the left base to the rim.

The Small S mintmark on Reverse D is not absolutely centered in the vertical direction, but labeling it as [mm Lt,C] helps with differentiation against other 1889 Small S reverses. There is a major die defect or lump on the upright of ON(E). Use this die defect as a confirming diagnostic.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS MS62

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

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