1859 OC-1

Die Pair 1 - A
Date Grid C / 4-3.0 / Level
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R4+
1, 9 Vertical VSL, VSL
Reverse Die States a

   This is the first of two uses of Obverse 1 and the only use of Reverse A.

Obverse 1

The photo below shows the Obverse 1 attribution grid.

1859 Obverse 1 attribution grid

Obverse 1 exhibits no notable die markers. The area under Miss Liberty’s chin is completely finished.

Obverse 1 Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. The die has been polished. The toe isn't fully enclosed.
  3. Tiny rim cuds are visible opposite stars 1-2.
No later die states have been observed. OC-1 has been found only with obverse die state a.

Reverse A

Reverse A displays very few die markers, but one minor one distinguishes it from others for the year. The photo shows the extension of horizontal shield line #1. It crosses the first left-side shield border but not the second.

1859 Reverse A shield line extension

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

Photo credits:

Obverse 1 and Reverse A:   1859 NGC MS64 CAC, from the Heritage archives.

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