Variety 108a

 Obverse 8: Misplaced Digits In Lower Shield, High Date, Downward Slope

Reverse H.2: Retained Cud at 11:00


Obverse 8                                             Reverse H.2


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


Comments: A single example of the 1890 variety with misplaced digits in the lower shield and a reverse retained cud was located during February 2014. The obverse is in a similar die state to Variety 108 with the misplaced tops of 9 and 0 digits still visible in the lower shield.

The reverse also has similar strength die cracks as during the early die state illustrated for Variety 108. The difference is a complete die break and retained cud at 11:00 which suggests that the reverse die suffered a sudden terminal die state event and was removed from production.

I believe that Variety 108a will prove to be very rare and is initially listed as R7+ in VF or better grades.

Plate Coin: Rare American Coins Inventory, EF40 Details

1890 Varieties 101, 101a, 102, 102a, 103, 103a, 103b, 103c, 104, 104a, 105, 106, 107, 108, 108a, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 117a, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122

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