1870 OC-5
Repunched 0

Die Pair 5 - A
Date Grid R QTR / 4-2.0 / Level
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R3+
1, 0 Vertical SL, SL
Reverse Die States f



Comments:
   This is the first of two uses of Obverse 5 and the ninth of ten uses of Reverse A.


Obverse 5

The photo below shows the Obverse 5 attribution grid. The 0 is repunched under the upper loop, also visible in the photo.



1870 Obverse 5 attribution grid
and repunched 0



Obverse 5 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-5 is found only with reverse die state f.



Photo credits:

Obverse 5:   1870 PCGS XF40, 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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