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
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