1867 OC-P1
Original Proof

Die Pair P1 - 1866 PA
Date Grid JL of RE / 5-1.5 / VS up
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R3
1, 7 Vertical VSH, SH
Reverse Die States a

   This is the only use of Obverse P1 and the only use of Reverse 1866 PA in 1867. Reverse PA is transitional, used to strike at least one proof die pair in each year from 1866 through 1870.

Obverse P1

Obverse P1 shows no obvious die markers, but the date position is significantly higher and farther right than the business strike die, and NO date repunching is evident. The following photo shows the Obverse P1 attribution grid.

1867 Obverse P1 attribution grid

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

Reverse 1866 PA

Reverse 1866 PA can be quickly identified by the heavy die line under GOD in the motto. Lesser die lines are visible passing through the center of N and the center of WE. Numerous die lines and lumps are also visible in the unfinished areas around the leaves. These are shown in the photos below.

Reverse 1866 PA die line under GOD

Reverse 1866 PA die lines near leaves

Reverse 1866 PA Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. The die lines and unfinished areas near the leaves have been significantly reduced by die polishing.
OC-P1 has been found only with reverse die state a.

Photo credits:

Obverse P1:   1867 PCGS PR61, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.
Reverse 1866 PA:   1866 PCGS PR61, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.

Copyright 2015, by Dick Osburn and Brian Cushing, All rights reserved.