Misplaced 1 - Top-30 Variety
|Die Pair ||3 - A |
|Date Grid ||JR of LE / 4-4.5 / Level |
|Obverse Die States ||a, b ||
|Estimated Rarity ||R3+ |
|1, 9 Vertical ||SL, L |
|Reverse Die States ||d, e |
This is the only use of Obverse 3 and the third and final use of Reverse A.
The following photo shows the Obverse 3 attribution grid.
1869 Obverse 3 attribution grid
Obverse 3 can also be easily identified by the flag of a misplaced 1 visible in the field between 18.
The serif of the misplaced 1 is clearly visible on the photo. We’ve included this interesting
misplaced digit variety as one of our Top-30.
Obverse 3 Die States
No later die states have been observed.
- Perfect die.
- A very faint die crack extends up to the left from the base of the 1.
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-3 is found with reverse die states d and e.
- 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, at the top of UNITED.
- The die cracks are heavier and now completely surround the reverse.
Obverse 3:   1869 NGC MS details, cleaned, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.
Reverse A:   1869 PCGS PR61 (mis-attributed as a proof by PCGS), from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.