Variety 109

 Obverse 7: Medium Level Date, Die Cracks Through UNITED STATE OF AMERICA

Reverse I: Medium O Over Horizontal O, [mm C,H,TL1]


Obverse 7                                                 Reverse I


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



Comments: Obverse 7 is first paired with Reverse I, the reverse die that has come to be known as the Medium O over Horizontal O reverse. Obverse 7 has faint die cracks through the bottoms of the letters UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. In addition, the die crack crosses through Liberty's head.

Reverse I exhibits a die crack from the rim to the upper part of the maple leaf in the left wreath. The pairing of Obverse 7 with Reverse I was probably of a short duration based on the rarity of the Medium O over Horizontal O variety. Afterwards, Obverse 7 will be paired with Reverse J for striking additional coinage.

If a close inspection of the Medium O over Horizontal O mintmark is done, the aspect ratio of the box formed by the intersection of the Medium O and the residual Horizontal O is not 1:1. If one overlays two Medium O mintmarks at a 90 degree rotation to each other, then the central overlap of the mintmarks should be a square and not a rectangle. This is food for thought for the next Seated dime variety specialist who wishes to explore the origins of this variety further.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, AU55

1891-O Varieties 101, 102, 102a, 103, 103a, 104, 104a, 105, 106, 106a, 107, 108, 109, 110, 110a, 111, 112, 113, 114, 114a, 114b, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 120a, 121, 122, 123, 123a, 123b, 124, 124a, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131

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