Bust half die stages

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by okbustchaser, Nov 25, 2021.

  1. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser I may be old but I still appreciate a pretty bust Supporter

    Nothing better to do tonight, so I thought I’d put together a die study on the 1817 O-105 die marriage. This was the last use of obverse die 3-s2. (Used previously to strike the O-103a--the punctuated date die marriage in the die state with the dot removed).

    In all there are four die states for this die marriage:

    (1) No Obverse or Reverse die cracks (the O-105 Prime; Probably R7 per the Auction and Mail Bid Prices Realized (AMBPR)

    Sadly, although I have seen one of the 6 or 7 known I don’t own one to show.

    (2) Obverse die cracks only the O-105; probably R6 (13-30 examples) per the AMBPR

    Note the crack at star 9 No die crack at date upload_2021-11-24_22-39-6.png
    No die crack at top of OF

    (3) the O-105a...Obverse and Reverse die cracks , R4- (150 to 200 examples)

    Die crack at date just starts above 7 in date
    Die crack above OF

    (4) the O-105b...Full-blown Obverse and Reverse die cracks Probably R-4+ (76 to 125 examples)

    Crack at Star 9 extends fully across Liberty's cap; crack at date extends to rim above Star 11
    No difference from the above state.
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  3. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    Nice article, thanks.
    I checked my little hoard, no 105 but I do have a 106, so a shared reverse.
  4. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser I may be old but I still appreciate a pretty bust Supporter

    Did you check to make sure it's not the 106a--the "single leaf"?

    The mint truly used these dies until they completely came apart.
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  5. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    No it's not.
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