This is the first of two uses of Obverse P1.
This is the only use of Reverse 1856 PA in 1858.
Reverse 1856 PA was previously used to strike proofs in 1856 and 1857, and later to strike 1851 and 1852 proof restrikes.
The photo below shows the Obverse P1 attribution grid. This is the only obverse die for the year. Note that the date is
almost exactly centered in the field. Originals show about 60% of the area under the chin unfinished, whereas itís
about 30% for restrikes.
1858 Obverse P1 attribution grid
Obverse P1 Die States
No later die states have been observed. OC-P1 is found with both die states.
- Perfect die. The area under Miss Liberty's chin is about 60% finished.
- The die has been polished. The unfinished area under Miss Liberty's chin has been reduced to 30%.
Reverse 1856 PA
Reverse 1856 PA was used for all 1856 and 1857 proofs, then continued into 1858 to strike all of
what we believe was the original issue of 1858 proofs. This die exhibits only a few minor
markers Ė lumps on S1 and L. Since most proofs seen are relatively high grade these lumps are
visible on most examples. The following photos show these die markers.
Reverse 1856 PA lump on S1
Reverse 1856 PA lumps on L
The lumps on the L are the most visible marker. They should be your marker for identifying this die.
Other markers have been mentioned in previous books, most often a depression in front of the eagleís
beak. We recommend ignoring this marker if you think you see it. We believe that itís not reliable,
and has led to mis-attribution of 1858 die marriages in the past, and confusion in their relative rarity.
Reverse 1856 PA Die States
No later die states have been observed.
- Perfect die.