Variety 103

 Obverse 3: Cut Out Base, Die Defect or Misplaced 7 Punch Below 7 Digit

Reverse B.2: Die Crack Through Bow Knot, Late Die State


Obverse 3                                                Reverse B.2


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



Comments: Questions have been raised as to whether the die defect under the 7 digit is a misplaced 7 date punch. In an attempt to answer that question, macro photos were taken of both the die defect and the top left flag of the 7 digit. The images were processed without altering the scale of each photo, therefore allowing a direct comparison of the images. If the size and shape of the die defect matched the size and shape of the top left flag of the 7 digit, then it is possible that the die defect is a misplaced 7 punch into the denticles. From the photos and my own inspection under the stereo microscope, I would have to argue that there is a strong possibility for the misplaced 7 punch in the denticles. Therefore I will list this variety in the Misplaced Date Index as a potential MPD.

On Reverse B, the die crack through the bow and ribbon ends becomes more evident when paired with Obverse 3.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS AU55

1847 Varieties 101, 102, 103, 104

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