1870 OC-2

Die Pair 2- A
Date Grid RE / 5-1.5 / Level
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R3
1, 0 Vertical H, SH
Reverse Die States b

   This is the only use of Obverse 2 and the third of ten uses of Reverse A.

Obverse 2

The following photo shows the Obverse 2 attribution grid. A tiny lump in the gown above the right side of the 0 is also shown.

1870 Obverse 2 attribution grid
and lump in gown

Obverse 2 can also be identified by lumps on the gown created by rust pits and by numerous die lines in the same area left of the pole. These are shown in the following photo.

1870 Obverse 2 die lines and rust lumps

Obverse 2 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-2 is found with reverse die state b.

Photo credits:

Obverse 2 and Reverse A:   1870 PCGS PR61 (mis-attributed as a proof by PCGS), from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.

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