Repunched 18 - Top-30 Variety (EDS with full repunching)
|Die Pair ||1 - A |
|Date Grid ||L QTR / 4-2.5 / Level |
|Obverse Die States ||a, b, c ||
|Estimated Rarity ||R2 |
|1, 9 Vertical ||H, H |
|Reverse Die States ||a, b, c, d |
This is the only use of Obverse 1 and the only use of Reverse A.
The photo below shows the Obverse 1 attribution grid.
1859-S Obverse 1 attribution grid
Obverse 1 shows no notable die markers, but the date position is sufficient for positive attribution.
Early die states show significant repunching on 18 (pictured below), but Obverse 2 shows very similar
repunching, so this isnít a good marker to use for attribution.
1859-S Obverse 1 repunched 18
Obverse 1 Die States
No later die states have been observed.
- Perfect die. Repunched 18.
- Die polishing has removed all evidence of repunching on the 18.
- A faint die crack across the base of the date.
The photo below shows the mintmark position for Reverse A.
1859-S Reverse A mintmark
The Reverse A mintmark position is virtually identical to that of Reverse B, and until the die cracks
in mid-state it shows no notable markers. The obverse date position should be used to attribute the
Reverse A Die States
No later die states have been observed. This die marriage is almost always seen with at least minor reverse die cracks.
Reverse die state a is rare.
- Perfect die.
- Numerous very light die cracks partially surround the reverse, most heavy at the base of S O.
- The die cracks are much heavier, and almost completely surround the reverse.
- The die cracks are more advanced. Three separate cracks connect leaves 1 and 2.
Obverse 1 and Reverse A:   1859-S NGC AU50, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.
Obverse 1 early die state:   1859-S NGC AU53, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.