1859 OC-P1
Original Proof

Die Pair P1 - 1859 PA
Date Grid LE / 4-5.0 / Level
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R3
1, 9 Vertical SH, VSH
Reverse Die States a

   This is the only use of Obverse P1 and the only use of Reverse 1859 PA in 1859.
Reverse 1859 PA was first used to strike these original proofs.
It was later used to strike proof restrikes of 1851, 1852, 1854, and 1858.

Obverse P1

The photo below shows 1859 Obverse P1 attribution grid. Obverse P1 exhibits very slight repunching on the 1, visible below the prominent digit. The arrow in the photo below points to this feature.

1859 Obverse P1 attribution grid

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

Reverse 1859 PA

Reverse 1859 PA was used for all 1859 original proofs and later for 1851, 1852, 1854, and 1858 proof restrikes. This die exhibits notable marks in the left wing feathers that should be used as markers for identification. Other markers have been mentioned in previous books, but they have led to confusion in attributions and relative rarity. The lumps in the wing feathers are unique and very distinctive. No other markers should be required.

Reverse 1859 PA lumps in left wing feathers

Reverse 1859 PA Die States
  1. Perfect die.
No later die states have been observed.

Photo credits:

Obverse P1:   1859 PCGS PR67 Cameo CAC, from the Heritage archives.
Reverse PA:   1859 PCGS PR60, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.

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