This is the only use of Obverse 1 and the first of three uses of Reverse A.
The photo below shows the Obverse 1 attribution grid. Also note the die doubling,
most visible on the shield lines, and the repunching on the 1.
1869 Obverse 1 attribution grid,
doubled die, and repunched 1
There are also several small lumps on the gown that are visible on mid-grade coins. These are shown below.
1869 Obverse 1 lumps in gown
Obverse 1 Die States
No later die states have been observed.
- Perfect die.
Reverse A displays very notable die doubling, most visible on the motto. This is similar to the doubling
on several other reverses, most notably the proof-only reverse, PA. Unfortunately there are no other easily
visible die markers. The unfinished area between the lower and middle leaves is much larger on Reverse A.
1869 Reverse A die doubling
Reverse A Die States
OC-1 is found with reverse die states a and b.
- Perfect die.
- A fine die crack connects the upper part of the TE in UNITED.
- The die cracks have progressed. A crack crosses the top of MERIC. Another connects the top of ST, running
down through the middle of A1 and back to the top of T3..
- Additional die cracks - at the base of ONE DOL, across the top of UNITED.
- The die cracks are heavier and now completely surround the reverse.
We’ve seen several examples of this die marriage mis-attributed as proofs by the grading services. We’ve made
this variety, which exhibits die doubling on both the obverse and reverse, one of our Top-30 varieties.