1850-O OC-1

Die Pair 1 - A
Date Grid B / 4-2.0 / VS down
Obverse Die States a, b, c
Estimated Rarity R2
1, 0 Vertical SL, L
Reverse Die States a, b, c



Comments:
  This is the only use of Obverse 1 and the only use of Reverse A.
Reverse A has not been found in any previous or subsequent years.


Obverse 1

The photo below shows the 1850-O Obverse 1 attribution grid. This is the only 1850-O obverse die, so the date position is enough for attribution.



1850-O Obverse 1 attribution grid

Obverse 1 Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. A faint die crack joins stars 7 and 8, passing through the head at eye level. A radial die crack extends from the rim to the lower left tip of star 1, exiting the star at the upper right tip and passing through stars 2-3. The crack is very faint after it exits star 1.
  3. Another radial die crack extends from the rim through the left side of the 0 in 1850 to the rock base.
No later die states have been observed.


Reverse A

The 1850-O Reverse A mintmark is high and slightly left of centered. The reverse also exhibits numerous light die lines and lumps. Some of these are indicated by the arrows in the photo below.



1850-O Reverse A mintmark
and die markers

Reverse A Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. A faint die crack extends across the bottom of ITED through the bottom of STATES.
  3. The die crack now extends across the bottom of OF and continues across the base of AMERICA.
No lated die states have been observed.



Photo credits:

Obverse 1 and Reverse A:   1850-O NGC AU55, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


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