This is the third of five uses of Obverse 2 and the only use of Reverse B.
The photo below shows the Obverse 2 attribution grid.
1860-O Obverse 2 attribution grid
Obverse 2 exhibits minor repunching on the date, visible above the 8 and 0 and inside the upper loops
of the 8 and 6. Die polish lines extend into the field from the rock above 60, almost horizontal,
slanting slightly down to the left. All these markers were removed by die polishing prior to the
use of Obverse 2 to strike OC-4 examples. The marker that remains after die polishing and is
visible on all usages of Obverse 2 is a circular mark on Miss Libertyís gown below the left breast.
This is indicated by the arrow in the following photo. This die line is shallow, but visible on most
coins in AU or better. It may be difficult to see if the coin is heavily bag-marked or has excessive
contact marks. Itís often difficult to see in photos. We've enhanced the die line on the photo below
to aid in attribution.
1860-O Obverse 2 circular die line
For simplicity, the date position should be considered as the best feature to attribute this obverse.
It's unique enough to separate it from the other 1860-O obverse dies.
Obverse 2 Die States
No later die states have been observed. OC-4 is found only with obverse die state b.
- Perfect die.
- The die has been polished. All traces of the repunched date and the die lines above 60 have been removed.
The photo below shows the mintmark position for Reverse B.
Reverse 1860-O B mintmark
The Reverse B mintmark position is similar to Reverse A, but not quite as far right and therefore not quite
as close to the stem. The shield recesses are notably unfinished except for the upper parts of recesses 1-4.
Reverse B shows significant signs of die rust. Two small die pits that show as lumps between vertical shield
lines 6-1 and 6-2 can be used as additional markers. These are indicated by the arrows in the photo below.
1860-O Reverse B die pits
Reverse B Die States
No later die states have been observed.
- Perfect die.
- A strong radial die crack has developed, extending from the top of the right wing to the denticles, passing between AM.