Chin Whiskers - Top-30 Variety
|Die Pair ||1 - A |
|Date Grid ||C / 3-3.5 / VS down |
|Obverse Die States ||a, b, c, d ||
|Estimated Rarity ||R2 |
|1, 3 Vertical ||H, H |
|Reverse Die States ||a, b |
This is the first and only use of Obverse 1 and the first and only use of Reverse A.
Reverse A has not been found in any other years.
The photo below shows the Obverse 1 attribution grid. The second photo shows the chin whiskers that give this variety its name.
1853 Obverse 1 attribution grid
1853 Obverse 1 chin whiskers
This is the only business strike obverse die. Its unique date position, very high and far left, makes it easy to attribute.
Obverse P1 Die States
No later die states have been observed.
- Perfect die.
- Light clashing, most notable in the field under Miss Liberty's right arm.
- A light die crack joins the outer tips of stars 1-7.
- Tiny rim cuds below 53.
1853 Reverse A is easy to identify. The reverse shield recesses exhibit numerous heavy die polish lines slanting
up to the right. In addition there are many extensions of the vertical shield lines into the horizontal lines
and across the lower shield border. The lowest horizontal line extends far into the feathers of the left wing.
These features are shown in the following photo.
1853 Reverse A die markers
Reverse A Die States
No later die states have been observed. The die clashing which identifies state b is extremely light. We know
it's there because the clashing is clear on the obverse, but it's almost impossible to see without a high-grade
coin and high magnification.
- Perfect die.
- Very faint clash marks.
Obverse 1 and Reverse A:   1853 NGC AU55, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.