1859-O OC-3

Die Pair 2 - B
Date Grid R QTR / 4-4.5 / Level
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R2
1, 9 Vertical SH, SH
Reverse Die States b



Comments:
   This is the only use of Obverse 2 and the second and final use of Reverse B in 1859.
Reverse B is transitional, used for two additional 1860-O die marriages.


Obverse 2

The photo below shows the Obverse 2 attribution grid.



1859-O Obverse 2 attribution grid


The Obverse 2 date is the farthest right of any for the year. An additional die marker is a tiny lump on the hem of the gown above the 8. The arrow in the photo points to this feature.

Obverse 2 Die States
  1. Perfect die.
No later die states have been observed, although it's very possible that a later state may exist.


Reverse B

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 is less notable on examples of OC-3, which has been seen only with reverse die state b.



1859-O Reverse B die markers


Reverse B Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. Die polished. The markers are less evident.
No later die states have been observed. We've seen OC-3 only with reverse die state b.



Photo credits:

Obverse 2:   1859-O PCGS MS63, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.
Reverse B:   1859-O NGC MS60 CAC Gold, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


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