1851 OC-P1
Original Proof

Die Pair P1 1840 PA
Date Grid Unknown
Obverse Die States Unknown
Estimated Rarity Unknown
1, 1 Vertical Unknown
Reverse Die States a

   Current literature tells us that there are no original 1851 proofs. We've left this place in our die marriage listings because we believe that there's at least a slight chance that one will be identified at some point in the future.

Obverse P1


1851 Obverse P1 - Currently unknown

If an original 1851 proof exists it could use the 1851 business strike obverse, but more likely one of the two currently known proof obverses, or even a third currently unknown obverse.

Reverse 1840 PA

At least one example of a proof which uses this reverse die has been confirmed for every year from 1840 through 1854 except 1851 and 1853. Our intuition tells us that at least one or two original proofs exist for these dates. If so they would almost certainly feature this reverse die.

Reverse 1840 PA defects on A3

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

Photo credits:

Reverse 1840 PA:   1846 PCGS PR58, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.

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