1869 OC-3
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.

Obverse 3

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 in our Top-30 list.

Obverse 3 Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. A very faint die crack extends up to the left from the base of the 1.
No later die states have been observed.

Reverse A

Reverse A displays very notable die doubling, most visible on the motto. This is similar to the doubling on several other reverses, particularly 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
  1. Perfect die.
  2. A fine die crack connects the upper part of the TE in UNITED.
  3. 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..
  4. An additional die crack at the base of ONE DOL. Another at the top of UNITED.
  5. The die cracks are heavier and now completely surround the reverse.
OC-3 is found with reverse die states d and e.

Photo credits:

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.

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