1857 OC-P1
Original Proof

Die Pair P1 - 1856 PA
Date Grid JR of LE / 4-3.5 / Level
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R5
1, 7 Vertical C, VSL
Reverse Die States a



Comments:
   This is the first of two uses of Obverse P1.
Obverse P1 was subsequently used to strike 1857 business strikes.
This is the only use of Reverse 1856 PA in 1857.
Reverse 1856 PA was used to strike original proofs in 1856 and 1858, and to strike proof restrikes in 1851 and 1852.


Obverse P1

The photo below shows the Obverse P1 attribution grid.



1857 Obverse P1 attribution grid

The date position is similar to obverse 1. The differences are the lack of die lines under the toe and the presence of several lumps on the upper gown. The lumps are noted on the photo below.



1857 Obverse P1 lumps in gown


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


Reverse PA

Reverse 1856 PA was used for all 1856 proofs, then put back into service to strike 1857 proofs. This die exhibits only a few minor markers lumps on S1 and L, visible in the photos below. The markers are visible on most examples.



Reverse 1856 PA lump on S1




Reverse 1856 PA lumps on L

The lumps on the L are usually the most visible marker.


Reverse 1856 PA Die States
  1. Perfect die.
No later die states have been observed.



Photo credits:

Obverse P1:   1857 PCGS AU55, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.
Reverse 1856 PA:   1856 PCGS PR62, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


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