Obverse 5: Doubling In Shield, High Level Date, Open 5
Reverse D.2: Multiple Die Cracks, Reverse of 1849 (B)
Obverse 5 Reverse D.2
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
Comments: Obverse 5 exhibits minor die doubling in the lower shield. The odd number shield stripes #1, #3 etc. are doubled left.
Reverse D, while in the latest die state seen to date, is paired with Obverse 5. There are a pair of crossing die cracks from the upper wreath ends into STAT(ES). The die crack, from the lower left wreath through left stem and rim, has become more severe and is easily seen with a 10x loupe. Once again, Reverse D was also used to strike 1849 coinage. The question to be answered is, was a left over 1849 die available to the Philadelphia mint in 1850 and did the mint strike a small portion of the 1849 dimes in 1850? The interim die state of Reverse B on 1849 Variety 102a suggests this possibility.
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, ANACS MS61
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