|Die Pair ||1 - B |
|Date Grid ||L QTR / 4-2.5 / Level |
|Obverse Die States ||(c?), d ||
|Estimated Rarity ||R1 |
|1, 9 Vertical ||SH, SH |
|Reverse Die States ||a, b |
This is the third and final use of Obverse 1 and the first of two uses of Reverse B in 1859.
Reverse B is transitional, used for two additional 1860-O die marriages.
The photo below shows the Obverse 1 attribution grid. Obverse 1 exhibits no notable markers,
but with only two obverse dies known the date position is sufficient for attribution.
1859-O Obverse 1 attribution grid
Obverse 1 Die States
No later die states have been observed. We've only seen obverse state d in this die marriage, but state c may exist.
- Perfect die.
- Very lightly clashed in Miss Liberty's lap. The clash marks are sharp.
- Additional clashing in Miss Liberty's lap. At least two sets of clash marks are visible. The clash marks are sharp.
- Die polished. The clashing is less evident, but still very notable. The clash marks aren't as well-defined as in the earlier states.
The photo below shows the mintmark position for Reverse B.
1859-O Reverse B mintmark
Reverse B exhibits several irregularities in the upper left shield recesses, shown below.
The most notable and easiest to see is the strong dot at the top of Recess #1. This dot becomes less notable
as the die state progresses, but is always visible.
1859-O Reverse B die markers
Reverse B Die States
No later die states have been observed.
- Perfect die.
- Die polished. The markers are less evident.
Obverse 1:   1859-O NGC MS65, tied for finest known, ex. Gene Gardner, from the Heritage archives.
Reverse B:   1859-O NGC MS60 CAC Gold, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.