1846-O OC-1
Top-30 Variety   (Rotated Dies Only)


Die Pair 1 - A
Date Grid JR of C / 4-3.0 / Level
Obverse Die States a, b
Estimated Rarity R2
1, 6 Vertical H, H
Reverse Die States a, b, c, d



Comments:
   This is the only use of Obverse 1 and the only use of Reverse A.


Obverse 1

The photo below shows the Obverse 1 attribution grid. This is the only 1846-O obverse die, so the date position is sufficient for attribution. Die lines below the finger, seen in the second photo, can also be used to confirm the attribution.



1846-O Obverse 1 Attribution Grid




1846 Obverse 1 Die Lines Below the Finger


Obverse 1 Die States
  1. Perfect Die.
  2. Faint die cracks join the stars, both left and right.
No later die states have been observed. In the latest die state the dies rotated 45 degrees. This die rotation is rare, but can be located with patient searching. We've included this rotated die state in our Top-30 varieties.


Reverse A

The 1846-O Reverse A mintmark is high and left of centered.



1846-O Reverse A Mintmark


Reverse A Die States
  1. Perfect Die.
  2. Very faint die cracks cross the top of UNI and the top of MERIC.
  3. Light die cracks joining the top of ST, joining the top of ES OF to the rim above A2, and across the top of MERICA.
  4. Additional die cracks: from the left wing tip to the middle of the U, across the top of UNITED to the rim above S1.
No lated die states have been observed. In the latest die state the dies rotated 45 degrees. This die rotation is rare. We estimate R5. It can be found with patient searching. We've included this rotated die state as one of our Top-30 varieties.



Photo credits:

Obverse 1 and Reverse A:   1846-O PCGS AU55, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


Copyright 2015, by Dick Osburn and Brian Cushing, All rights reserved.