1865 OC-1
Repunched U - Top-30 Variety

Die Pair 1 - A
Date Grid JL of C / 4-4.5 / VS up
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R4+
1, 5 Vertical SL, C
Reverse Die States a, b



Comments:
   This is the only use of Obverse 1 and the only use of Reverse A.


Obverse 1

Obverse 1 is the only 1865 die with the 1 located slightly low in the field. The photo below shows Obverse 1 attribution grid.



1865 Obverse 1 attribution grid

An additional marker is a tiny die chip connected to Miss Libertyís toe, shown below. Very slight die doubling is also visible on the hem of Miss Liberty's gown.



1865 Obverse 1 die chip off toe


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


Reverse A

Reverse A displays one notable die marker that allows easy attribution. The U in UNITED is sharply doubled. This one is difficult to explain. It canít be a doubled die, since all the details were in the hub, and only the U is doubled. And with the details in the hub we know of no reason that the mint would have had a U punch on hand. Weíll leave it to the error experts to explain it. Itís shown in the following photo.



1865 Reverse A repunched U


Reverse A Die States
  1. Perfect Die.
  2. Light die cracks around the top of UNITED.
No later die states have been observed.



Photo credits:

Obverse 1 and Reverse A:   1865 PCGS MS details, cleaned, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


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