1872 OC-12
Misplaced Digit in Denticles - Top-30 Variety

Die Pair 8 - C
Date Grid L QTR / 5-3.0 / Level
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R6-
1, 2 Vertical H, H
Reverse Die States a

   This is the second of three uses of Obverse 8 and the first of five uses of Reverse C.

Obverse 8

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
  1. Perfect die.
No later die states have been observed.

Reverse C

Reverse C displays several die lines around GOD in the motto, indicated by the arrows in the next photo. Also visible is a lump inside the bottom loop of the G in GOD.

Reverse C die markers in motto

Additional markers that will aid in attribution are several die lines around the lower leaves, indicated by the arrows in the next photo.

Reverse C die lines in leaves

Reverse C Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. Die lines in the leaves have been removed by die polishing.
OC-12 is found only with reverse die state a.

Photo credits:

Obverse 8:   1872 NGC AU55, from the Heritage archives.
Reverse C:   1872 NGC AU55, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.

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