1869 OC-6
Doubled Die Obverse - Top-30 Variety

Die Pair 6 - B
Date Grid RE / 5-2.5 / VS up
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R5
1, 9 Vertical VSL, SL
Reverse Die States b

   This is the only use of Obverse 6 and the third of six uses of Reverse B.

Obverse 6

The following photo shows the Obverse 6 attribution grid.

1869 Obverse 6 attribution grid

This obverse die is strongly doubled. The doubling is visible on the right end of the horizontal shield lines, shown in the following photo. We’ve made this doubled die variety one of our Top-30.

1869 Obverse 6 doubled shield lines

Obverse 6 Die States
  1. Perfect die.
No later die states have been observed.

Reverse B

Reverse B can be identified by a small die chip in the eagle’s mouth. This marker appears like a comma on the coin. It’s shown in the following photo.

1869 Reverse B die chip

Because of its position in a recessed area of the coin this marker is visible on even relatively low-grade examples, although because of its small size it may be difficult to detect from pictures.

Reverse B Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. Die cracks across the top of UNITED, joining the top of ST, across the top of TES O to the denticles above F, across the top of AMERIC.
  3. Die cracks are heavier, particularly across TES O.
OC-6 is found only with reverse die state b.

Photo credits:

Obverse 6:   1869 PCGS XF40, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.
Reverse B:   1869 NGC AU53, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.

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