1871-CC OC-1
Misplaced 1 in Denticles - Top-30 Variety

Die Pair 1 - 1870-CC C
Date Grid R QTR / 5-1.0 / VS up
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R4+
1, 1 Vertical VSH, VSH
Reverse Die States a

   This is the only use of Obverse 1 and the only use of Reverse 1870-CC C in 1871.
Reverse 1870-CC C was previously used to strike die marriage OC-4 in 1870.

Obverse 1

The photo below shows the Obverse 1 attribution grid.

1871-CC Obverse 1 attribution grid

This is the only obverse die. It features one of the only misplaced digits known on Carson City issues. The top of a misplaced 1 is seen deep in the denticles below the tail of the 7. This is expanded in the following photo.

1871-CC Obverse 1 misplaced 1

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

Reverse 1870-CC C

Reverse 1870-CC C is one of the two wide CC reverses first used in 1870. It was used again in 1871 to strike the entire issue for the year. The next photo shows the mintmark position.

Reverse 1870-CC C attribution lines

Reverse 1870-CC C is a "wide CC" reverse. The wide CCs can be identified by noting that a line from the tip of the arrow feather to the upper right edge of the E in ONE passes completely right of the first C. Also note the line drawn under the mintmark. This line passes through the right side of the curve of the O and upper right serif of the L.

Reverse 1870-CC C Die States
  1. Perfect die.
No later die states have been observed.

Photo credits:

Obverse 1:   1871-CC ANACS MS61, from the Heritage archives.
Reverse 1870-CC C:   1870-CC PCGS AU53, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.

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