Misplaced Digit in Denticles - Top-30 Variety
|Die Pair ||8 - B |
|Date Grid ||L QTR / 5-3.0 / Level |
|Obverse Die States ||a ||
|Estimated Rarity ||R5 |
|1, 2 Vertical ||H, H |
|Reverse Die States ||c |
This is the first of three uses of Obverse 8 and the fourth and final use of Reverse B.
The photo below shows the Obverse 8 attribution grid. The misplaced digit, likely the top of a 7,
but possibly a 2 or 8, is visible deep in the denticles beneath the right side of the prominent 7.
We’ve made this variety one of our Top-30. Since this obverse
is shared by OC-10, OC-11, and OC-12, any of the three die marriages will fill this Top-30 slot.
1872 Obverse 8 attribution grid
and misplaced digit
Obverse 8 Die States
No later die states have been observed.
- Perfect die.
Reverse B shows one notable lump between the upright and the right serif of the first T in TRUST,
probably caused by die rust. Several die lines around TR in TRUST can also be seen on most
mid- to high-grade examples. These are indicated by the arrows in the following photo.
1872 Reverse B lump
and die lines in motto
Reverse B Die States
OC-11 has been found with only with reverse die state b.
- Perfect die.
- A faint die crack at the base of OL extends to the period.
- The die crack now extends left through the base of the D in DOL.
Obverse 8:   1872 NGC AU55, from the Heritage archives.
Reverse B:   1872 PCGS AU53, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.
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