Variety 101a

 Obverse 1.2: High Date, Slight Downward Slope, Broken S

Reverse A.2: Die Crack Through Ribbon Ends


Obverse 1.2                                            Reverse A.2


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


Comments: Business strike examples from the proof Obverse 1 and Reverse A die pair can be located with patience. Again, a long die scratch through the lower shield can identify Obverse 1 while Reverse A exhibits the reverse die crack through the left ribbon end and across to the right ribbon end. This reverse crack becomes more evident on Variety 103, where Reverse A is again used to strike the second proof variety for 1870.

Interestingly, Reverse A will again be used in 1871 to strike a portion of the proof coinage for that year. See 1871 proof Varieties 101 and 102.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS MS64

1870 Varieties 101, 101a, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107

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