Variety 102a

 Obverse 1.3: Double Clashed Die, Die Cracks, Medium Level Date

Reverse B.2: Medium O, [mm C,H], Clashed Die


Obverse 1.3                                          Reverse B.2


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



Comments: At some point during the Obverse 1 and Reverse B pairing, the dies suffer a clashing event. As a result, Obverse 1 exhibits two sets of die clashing marks that are slightly offset. This offset is due to differences in reverse die rotational misalignment with respect to the obverse. Since Obverse 1 was clashed twice with two reverse dies, the slight difference in reverse alignment can be seen as an offset in the obverse clash marks.

During this later die state, Obverse 1 continues to crack and the rim cuds become more significant. There is a long die crack from the Liberty cap through the bottom of (OF AMERICA) to the foot and base. Another die crack starts at the 1 digit, moves upward through the base and continues through the bottom of (UNITED STATES) and ends at Liberty's head.

Reverse B is also clashed and shows a die crack from the left ribbon end into the mintmark.

This is a spectacular late die state and a representative outcome of the high striking force used to coin 1891 New Orleans dimes. The author had not seen an F-102a specimen until Scott Grieb offered this example at the 2014 World's Fair of Money show. Once having Scott's specimen in hand, the double clashing event on Obverse 1 was comprehended and properly documented here.

Plate Coin: Courtesy Scott Grieb Collection, AU58

1891-O Varieties 101, 102, 102a, 103, 103a, 104, 104a, 105, 106, 106a, 107, 108, 109, 110, 110a, 111, 112, 113, 114, 114a, 114b, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 120a, 121, 122, 123, 123a, 123b, 124, 124a, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131

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