Variety 112

 Obverse 12: High Weak Date, Slight Down Slope, Full (S)TATES, Die Line Into Top of Shield

Reverse L: Random Die Lines Throughout Wreath


Obverse 12                                                 Reverse L


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



Comments: Obverse 12 exhibits a weak date that is punched high with a slight downward slope. There is a vertical scratch through the top three horizontal shield lines. Reverse L contains a few random die lines in the wreath that do not match those on other 1868 reverse dies.

The date placement on Obverse 8 and 12 is nearly identical and could lead to the conclusion that Obverse 12 is a later polished die state of Obverse 8. A comparison of the full (S)TATES on Obverse 12 against the partial (S)TATES on Obverse 8 rules out this possibility as polishing of Obverse 8 would lead to an open (S)TATES on Obverse 12. Further examination of Obverse 8 and 12 examples also reveals differences in die scratch or die lines which further supports the conclusion.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS MS65 CAC Green

1868 Varieties 101, 102, 103, 104, 104a, 105, 105a, 106, 106a, 107, 107a, 108, 109, 110, 110a, 111, 112

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