Variety 102

 Obverse 1: High Date, Downward Slope

Reverse C.2: Die Crack Rim Through S(T)ATES to Wreath, Reverse of 1844 (B)


Obverse 1                                               Reverse C.2


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


Comments: The Obverse 1 die has die chips around Stars 3, 4, 5 and 6 and is paired with Reverse C. Reverse C is a late die state example of 1844 Reverse B when used again in 1845. Reverse C is paired with multiple 1845 obverse dies. The first Reverse C die pairing is with a late die state Obverse 2 die. This die pairing is listed as 1845 Variety 104.

Close examination of Variety 104 reveals that the reverse die is the left over business strike reverse from 1844. The reverse die has enough residual die lines between UN(ITE)D and the rim to confirm that it is the same reverse die used in 1844 for business strikes. This left over 1844 reverse die (1845 Reverse C) further degrades and develops a die crack from the rim down through S(T)ATES and to the wreath while paired with Obverse 2. See the above illustration. Reverse C will also be paired with Obverse 7 to create Variety 110. I have found Variety 102 to be difficult to locate in higher grades.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, EF45

1845 Varieties 101, 102, 102a, 103, 104, 104a, 105, 105a, 106, 106a, 107, 107a, 108, 108a, 109, 110

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