Variety 103

 Obverse 3: Proof Die, Doubled (OF A)MERICA, High Level Date, Broken S

Reverse B: Proof Die, Perfect Die


Obverse 3                                               Reverse B


Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)


Comments: Obverse 3 was used to strike a very limited quantity of proofs and business strikes. The strong wire rims and mirror fields are contrasted by a weak OF AMERICA and date punch. The letters (OF A) MERICA are obviously doubled.

A June 2006 study of the Heritage Auction Archives revealed that F-103 is the rarest of the three 1871 proof varieties. Of the twenty-three Heritage 1871 proof dimes offered at auction since 2000, only three (13%) were the F-103 variety.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PF62

1871 Varieties 101, 102, 102a, 103, 103a, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114

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