Variety 117

 Obverse 12: High Date, Slight Downward Slope

Reverse H: Medium S, [mm C,H,TR4]


Obverse 12                                             Reverse H


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



Comments: Obverse 12 presents an additional obverse die for the 1890 San Francisco coinage. The date on this die is high with a slight downward slope. Obverse 12 is paired with Reverse H.

Reverse H can be easily diagnosed by a high Medium S mintmark that tilts right. There is a punch defect in the lower loop of the mintmark. On the plate coin, the left wreath elements are weaker than on Variety 109. At this time, I cannot tell if this is due to die polishing or strike weakness. Additional high grade examples will need to be seen to make this determination.

Plate Coin: Gerry Fortin Collection, PCGS MS64 CAC

1890s Varieties 101, 101a, 102, 103, 103a, 104, 105, 106, 106a, 107, 108, 108a, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 114a, 115, 116, 117, 118

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