Variety 101

 Obverse 1: High Level Date

Reverse A: Small Thin S, [mm C,H]


Obverse 1                                                Reverse A


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


Comments: Only one die pair was used to strike 1868 San Francisco dimes. Examples in early through late die states can be occasionally found. The only difference between early and late die states is the die erosion of the denticles and the increased presence of metal flow lines. On the obverse, light diagonal die lines are evident in the shield below the scroll. Both the obverse and reverse are clashed on the late die state plate coin.

Breen (3347) lists a double reverse die for 1868-S coinage while stating, "Doubling obvious on ribbons and parts of the wreath; mintmark far to right". Breen's reference is Gilhousen:410. Greer makes mention of the Breen listing in his guidebook, but provides no photographs. Please see the following Variety 101a page for an explanation of the Breen and Greer listings.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS MS64

1868-S Varieties 101, 101a

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