1872 OC-3
Misplaced 1 and 2's, MPD-001
Doubled Die Reverse
Top-30 Variety

Die Pair 2 - A
Date Grid RE / 4-3.0 / Level
Obverse Die States a
Estimated Rarity R1
1, 2 Vertical L, L
Reverse Die States a, b

   This is the first of two uses of Obverse 2 and the second and final use of Reverse A.

Obverse 2

The photo below shows the Obverse 2 attribution grid.

1872 Obverse 2 attribution grid
and misplaced digits

Obverse 2 also exhibits the remnants of several misplaced digits a 1 and two 2s. These are indicated by the arrows in the photo. The 2s are easy to see, with the bases of two different digits visible at the rock base above the 2 in the date. One extends into the field, the other is completely within the rock base. The 1 is a little tougher to see, but youll easily find it on high-grade coins. The full base of the misplaced digit is seen in the rock base directly above the 1 in the date. We've made this variety one of our Top-30.

Obverse 2 Die States
  1. Perfect die.
No later die states have been observed.

Reverse A

The Reverse A die is strongly doubled. The doubling is most visible on the motto, shown in the following photo. It also displays two shallow lumps just left of the lower part of the R in TRUST, also indicated by an arrow in the photo.

Reverse A die doubling and die lumps

Reverse A Die States
  1. Perfect die.
  2. A faint die crack starts above R crossing the top of ICA.
OC-3 has been found with both reverse die states.

Photo credits:

Obverse 2:   1872 PCGS MS64+ CAC, from the Heritage archives.
Reverse A:   1872 PCGS MS62, from the Osburn-Cushing reference collection.

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