1868 OC-1
6 in denticles

Die Pair 1 - A
Date Grid LE / 4-5.0 / VS down
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R3-
1, 8 Vertical SH, VSL
Reverse Die States a, b



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


Obverse 1

The photo below shows the Obverse 1 attribution grid.



1868 Obverse 1 attribution grid


Obverse 1 displays a misplaced 6 in the denticles. It spans two denticles below the right side of the prominent 6. The arrows in the photo point to this feature. Note also minor repunching on the 18. An additional marker is a small lump in the drapery below the elbow, shown below.



1868 Obverse 1 lump in drapery


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


Reverse A

Reverse A displays several heavy die lines in the motto that make identification relatively easy. Other die lines around the leaves are also clearly visible. These are shown in the following photos. The lines that extend to the left from leaf #4 are visible on coins that grade as low as VG.



1868 Reverse A die lines in motto




1868 Reverse A die lines around the leaves


Reverse A Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. Polished dies. The right end of the scroll is very weak.
  3. The die has been polished again. The right end of the scroll is weaker and the die lines less notable.
  4. A fine die crack across the top of S OF.
OC-1 is found only with states a and b.



Photo credits:

Obverse 1 and Reverse A:   1868 PCGS AU details, cleaned, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


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