1870 OC-10

Die Pair P1 - A
Date Grid LE / 5-3.0 / VS up
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R6+
1, 0 Vertical H, H
Reverse Die States e



Comments:
   This is the last of four uses of Obverse P1 (the first three were to strike proofs) and the tenth and final use of Reverse A.


Obverse P1

The photo below shows the Obverse P1 attribution grid.



1870 Obverse P1 attribution grid


This obverse displays a light curving die line extending off the lower end of the upper ribbon, shown below.



1870 Obverse P1 die line below ribbon


Obverse P1 Die States
  1. Perfect die.
No later die states have been observed.


Reverse A

Reverse A displays a very strong die line, joining the lower two leaves. Also note the die rust around the end of the lower leaf.



1870 Reverse A die line


The Reverse A die is strongly doubled. This will be notable on high grades, but may not be detectable on grades below VF/XF.



1870 Reverse A die doubling


Reverse A Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. Very light clashing in shield recesses.
  3. Die crack across the top of UNITED.
  4. The die crack now extends across the top of STATES.
  5. A faint die crack crosses the top of AMERICA.
  6. The crack across the top of STATES now extends to the rim right of S2. An additional die crack crosses the top of OF extending toward the rim right of F.
OC-10 is found only with reverse die state e.



Photo credits:

Obverse P1:   1870 NGC Proof details, cleaned, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.
Reverse A:   1870 PCGS PR61 (mis-attributed as a proof by PCGS), from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


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