Variety 103a

 Obverse 2.2: Lapped Die, Medium Date, Slopes Up

Reverse C.2: Reverse of 42-O, Lapped Die, Medium O, [mm C,C,TR]


Obverse 2.2                                                 Reverse N.2


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


Comments: As of August 2010, this variety was redefined as F-103a as evidence is convincing that both Obverse 2 and Reverse C were lapped and limited coinage was struck with the die pairing after being lapped. Previously, Obverse 2 was though to be paired with a third late die state Medium reverse die and that pairing was consider rare. After locating a higher grade example of this variety, a careful comparison of the mintmark mark positions lead to the decision to reclassify the variety. Following are obverse and reverse images of Variety 103 (AU55) pre die lapping and images of Variety 103a (AU58) post die lapping.



          F-103 Before Lapping                         F-103a After Lapping


Reverse C.2, was first discovered during an 1842 New Orleans die pairing. When employed in 1842, the reverse die exhibits very weak design elements probably due to mutiple die lappings. In the case of the pairing with 1841-O Obverse 2, the reverse die shows slightly more design element details but still appears to have been lapped. See the comparison below between 1841-O Reverse C.2 after one lapping and 1842-O Reverse F after another probably lapping. Both 1841-O F-103a and 1842-O F-106 with this reverse die are considered rare.


Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS AU55 Gold CAC

1841-O Varieties 101, 102, 103, 103a, 104, 104a, 105, 106, 107, 107a, 107b, 108, 108a, 109, 109a, 110, 111, 111a, 111b, 112, 112a, 113, 114, 115, 116

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