Liberty Seated Dollar dies seem to have held up very nicely over their lifetimes. Major die cracks, significant clashes, cuds, or other major signs of deterioration are seen infrequently. However, they do exist. In a few cases dies were used for as many as 6 die marriages. We’ve chosen a methodology that tracks the state of a die throughout its lifetime, and thus across multiple die marriages, and even across multiple years for dies that we’ve found to be transitional.
The prime die state for a die is defined as the perfect die state. In the prime state coins minted from the die will show no signs of die cracks, clash marks, cuds, or any other sign of progressive die wear. We designate that die state as state a. Subsequently, as the die shows signs of progressive wear, we designate the states as b, c, d, etc. An example is shown below for 1846 Reverse A. This die exhibits more states than any other die in the series seen to date.
Die states for 1846 Reverse A
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