Variety 105a

 Obverse 4.3: High Level Date, Die Crack Through Date

Reverse E.2: Polished Die, Weak Devices


Obverse 4.3                                               Reverse E.2


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



Comments: The die crack at the base of the 1 and 8 digits is consistent with Variety 105 obverse die state.

The weaker reverse device elements and the disappearance of the die lines behind A(MERI)CA suggest that Reverse E was polished before striking additional coinage with Obverse 3. However a common die line remains in the right wreath to the left of AM(ER)ICA. This die line is consistent between the pre and post lapped die states. The metal flow lines within the flash around the bow knot are also consistent between Varieties 105 and 105a though being polished down on Variety 105a.

This die pairing and in particular, this die state without the reverse die lines to fairly available.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS MS64 CAC Green

1843 Varieties 101, 101a, 102, 102a, 103, 104, 105, 105a, 106

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