1871 OC-8
Doubled Die Obverse - Top-30 Variety

Die Pair 7 - B
Date Grid B / 4-3.5 / Level
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R4
1, 1 Vertical H, H
Reverse Die States c



Comments:
   This is the only use of Obverse 7 and the third and final use of Reverse B.


Obverse 7

The photo below shows the Obverse 7 attribution grid.



1871 Obverse 7 attribution grid


The obverse 7 die is doubled. The doubling is most pronounced on the left ends of the horizontal shield lines, pictured below. We’ve included this variety as one of our Top-30.



1871 Obverse 7 die doubling



Obverse 7 Die States
  1. Perfect die.
No later die states have been observed.


Reverse B

1871 Reverse B features two notable die lines, pictured in the next two photos, that allow quick identification of mid- to high-grade examples. Note that these die lines are much weaker on state c of the reverse due to die polish.



1871 Reverse B die line near eagle's beak




1871 Reverse B die line in fold under TRUST


Reverse B Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. A faint die crack joins the top of TES. The die line from the eagle's beak is completely visible.
  3. The reverse die has been polished. The die crack is very weak and the die line from the eagle's beak is only visible as it passes from the edge of the scroll through the top of D in GOD.
No later die states have been observed. OC-8 is found only with reverse die state c.



Photo credits:

Obverse 6:   1871 NGC AU55, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.
Reverse B:   1871 NGC AU55, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.


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