1841 OC-P1
Original Proof

Die Pair P1 - 1840 PA
Date Grid C / 5-1.0 / Level
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R7
1, 1 Vertical SH, SH
Reverse Die States a



Comments:
   This is the only use of Obverse P1 and the only use of Reverse 1840 PA in 1841.
Reverse 1840 PA is the reverse die used for almost all original proofs issued through 1854.


Obverse P1



1841 Obverse P1 attribution grid

1841 Obverse P1 is characterized by die lumps in the gown near Miss Liberty's right elbow, shown in the photo below.



1841 Obverse P1 die lumps


Obverse P1 Die States
  1. Perfect die.
No later obverse die states have been observed.


Reverse PA

1840 Reverse PA is the same die used for almost all original proofs issued through 1854. This die exhibits unique defects on A3. The photo shows these die markers, possibly created from die rust or die crumbling due to imperfect die metal. These allow easy identification of the proof die, even on mishandled or lightly circulated examples.



Reverse PA die markers


Reverse PA Die States
  1. Perfect die.
No later reverse die states have been observed.



Photo credits:

Obverse P1:   1841 NGC PR63, from the Heritage archives.
Reverse 1840 PA:   1846 PCGS PR58, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


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