1866 OC-1
Repunched Date, Doubled Die Reverse - Top-30 Variety

Die Pair 1 - A
Date Grid JL of RE / 4-4.0 / S down
Obverse Die States a, b
Estimated Rarity R2
1, 6 Vertical VSL, L
Reverse Die States a, b, c



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


Obverse 1

The photo below shows the Obverse 1 attribution grid.



1866 Obverse 1 attribution grid

Obverse 1 exhibits a repunched 18. The repunching on the 8 is very minor, but the 1 is notable. The arrow in the photo points to the repunching on the 1.



Obverse 1 Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. Very light die cracks across the base of the date and through stars 9-10 into the field above stars 11-12.
No later die states have been observed.


Reverse A

Reverse A is easy to identify because of strong die doubling, most visible on WE, but notable to a lesser degree on all the elements of the motto. The doubling is shown in the following photo.



1866 Reverse A die doubling


Reverse A Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. Multiple light die cracks along the bottom of and below ONE DOL.
  3. The light die cracks now completely surround the reverse.
No later die states have been observed.

This same die pair was used to strike copper trial pieces, J-541.



Photo credits:

Obverse 1 and Reverse A:   1866 NGC MS61, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


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