Variety 103a

 Obverse 2: Medium Level Date, Weak Stars

Reverse C.2: Thick Large O, Die Crack AMERI(C)A, [mm Rt,C,TL4]


Obverse 2                                               Reverse C.2


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



Comments: Reverse C can be located in a later die state with the Large O mintmark exhibiting thicker sidewalls and a reduced center opening. There is an obvious die crack from rim through AMERI(C)A to wreath. The blob defect on the lower upright of ON(E) is not as distinct as during the early Variety 103 die state.

This Reverse C later die state was first identified by Liz Coggan at JJ Teaparty during early 2008 and communicated to the author during the 2008 Summer ANA show. Liz set the dime aside due to the atypical reverse mintmark size for the 1857-O date.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS EF45

1857-O Varieties 101, 101a, 102, 102a, 103, 103a, 104, 105, 106, 107, 107a

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