Variety 102

 Obverse 2: Proof Die, Medium Level Date

Reverse B: Proof Die, Slight Doubling on (O)NE


Obverse 2                                               Reverse B


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



Comments: Ahwash presents a photograph of the above die pair as A-1 but provides conflicting measurements for Obverse 1 (Proof Dies). In fact, 1859 proofs were minted from two different obverse dies. Obverse 1 is the more common of the two proof obverse dies while Obverse 2 accounts for about one in five of the 1859 proof dimes seen to date. Obverse 2 presents a medium level date while Obverse 1 exhibits a medium date that slopes upward. The two obverse dies are fairly easy to distinguish once the collector understands the existence of both proof varieties.

Reverse B shows slight doubling on (O)NE and parallel die lines behind the ribbon bow and knot.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS PF64

1859 Varieties 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 106a, 107

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