Variety 105a

 Obverse 3.2: Late Die State, Eroded Die, Medium Date, Slight Down Slope

Reverse E.2: Eroded Die, Medium S Over Small S, [mm C,H]


Obverse 3.2                                            Reverse E.2


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


Late Die State Reverse                            Early Die State Reverse


Comments: Mintage from the Obverse 3 and Reverse E die pair will be found in well struck and highly detailed condition through the full continuum of poorly defined late die state examples. Variety 105a is used to designate those strikes with significant loss of device details including fully effaced reverse denticles. On these late die state examples the obverse legend and denticles are also weak.

Grading late die states examples will be challenging due to lack of device details that could be misattributed to wear rather than strikes. The above plate coin is the latest die state seen by the author and used for illustrating the nearly terminal die condition for the popular Medium S / Small S variety.

Plate Coin: Gerry Fortin Rare Coins Inventory, EF40

1891s Varieties 101, 101a, 102, 103, 104, 105, 105a, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119

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