Obverse 12: High Date, Slight Downward Slope
Reverse H: Lapped Die, Medium S, [mm C,H,TR4]
Obverse 12 Reverse H
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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.
The Variety 117 reverse can be easily diagnosed by a Medium S mintmark that is positioned high and has a noticeable right tilt. There is a punch defect in the lower loop of the mintmark that is sometimes mistakenly listed as a repunched mintmark. On the above two plate coins, the left wreath elements are very weak along with a vertical die crack through the lower right wreath. After seeing multiple examples, I am convinced that the weakness is due to die lapping and not strike weakness.
Plate Coin: Gerry Fortin Collection, PCGS MS64 CAC (above), PCGS AU55 (below)
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