Obverse 7: High Date, Slight Downward Slope
Reverse J: Previously Designated Medium S Over Small S, [mm Lt,C,TR6]
Obverse 7 Reverse J
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Comments: The Medium S mintmark on Reverse J exhibits a strong right tilt. There is a punch artifact in the upper loop of the Medium S. The artifact in the upper loop of the Medium S mintmark has been designated as the remnants of a Small S mintmark in the Cherrypicker's Guide by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton. After close examination of the Medium S mintmark on several Variety 111 examples, I am not convinced that this variety is a Medium S over Small S mintmark. The lower loop of the Medium S does not show any evidence or remnants of a Small S mintmark.
During earlier years, Seated dimes from the San Francisco mint are seen with Medium S mintmarks with a punch defect in the upper loop. Until I see an example of Variety 111 with both the upper and lower loops of the Small S mintmark visible under the Medium S, there is uncertainty as to the accuracy of the Medium S over Small S mintmark designation.
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, NGC MS65
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