1849 OC-P1
Original Proof

Die Pair P1 1840 PA
Date Grid JL of RE / 4-4.5 / Level
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R7-
1, 9 Vertical H, H
Reverse Die States a



Comments:
   This is the first of two uses of Obverse P1 and the only use of Reverse 1840 PA in 1849.
Reverse 1840 PA is the die used to strike almost all original proof issues from 1840 through 1854.


Obverse P1

The next photo shows the Obverse P1 attribution grid.



1849 Obverse P1 attribution grid


Obverse P1 has few notable markers, but the date position is farther right than Obverse 1, so it's relatively easy to separate the two dies.

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


Reverse 1840 PA

The reverse die used for this 1849 proof issue is the same die used for almost all original proof issues from 1840 through 1854. This die exhibits unique features on A3. The following photo shows these die markers, possibly created from die rust or just die crumbling due to imperfect die metal. These allow easy identification of the proof die, even on mishandled or lightly circulated examples.



Reverse 1840 PA defects on A3


Reverse 1840 PA Die States
  1. Perfect die.
No later die states have been observed.





Photo credits:

Obverse P1:   1849 NGC PR67, finest known, ex. Phil Kaufman, from the Heritage archives.
Reverse 1840 PA:   1846 PCGS PR58, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


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