1868 OC-2
6 in Denticles
Business Strike MPD-001, FS-301 - Top-30 Variety

Die Pair 2 - A
Date Grid JR of LE / 5-1.5 / S down
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity TBD
1, 8 Vertical H, C
Reverse Die States b, c, d



Comments:
   This is the first of two uses of Obverse 2 and the second and final use of Reverse A.


Obverse 2

The photo below shows the Obverse 2 attribution grid.



1868 Obverse 2 attribution grid
Repunched 1 and misplaced 6

Obverse 2 can be easily identified by the misplaced 6 in the denticles, noted on the photo. This variety is identified as MPD-001, and is FS-301 in the Cherry Pickers Guide (reference 13). Obverse 2 also exhibits a slightly repunched 1. We’ve included this variety in our Top-30 list. OC-3 shares this obverse die, so either die marriage can be considered as this Top-30 variety.


Obverse 2 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-2 has been found with reverse die states b, c, and d.



Photo credits:

Obverse 2:   1868 PCGS Secure MS62, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.
Reverse A:   1868 PCGS AU details, cleaned, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


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