Draped Bust Stemless Reverses

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  1. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    There is a tendency among Early date collectors to emphasize obverses and then mention reverses; I would like to take the opposite approach. Each Stemless reverse is matched with two or three obverse so they account for many more varieties than the four and a half reverses. I call the 1801 half because it is only missing one stem, so is it really stemless?

    Stemless Reverse 1 Sheldon Reverse 1796 BB and 1797 Reverse T:

    1796 NC-7 Rev AG.jpg 1796 NC-7 Obv AG.jpg
    This is Die State I of 1796 NC-7.

    The obverse does not have the obverse crack the other NC-7 has though the reverse is insufficiently strong enough to see if the die clashes of later die states are there. I can't even see die clashes that on that coin either.

    1796 BB NC-7 1797 T NC-8, S-143.jpg 1796 26 NC-7.jpg This is a Die State II of 1796 NC-7.

    This coin was listed as NC-6 by Sheldon in EAC in 1948, but de-listed in Penny Whimsey in 1958. When a second example of the die showed up overstruck on a cut down planchet used for a half cent, the die was confirmed.

    The Die State I showed up when purchased unattributed by Rod Burress and was sold to Dan Holmes. It is the only one of the three available as a Cent with the discovery coin in ANS and the other now being a Half Cent.

    The next appearance of this Stemless Reverse die appears on a single pairing in 1807 with Obverse 9 and is the 1797 NC-8.

    1797 NC-8 Rev.jpg
    This is the 1797 NC-8. It is unique.

    The last obverse pairing for this die is the S-143 which was R5+ in 2000, but seems more likely to be R5 or R5- now.

    1797 S-143 Rev.jpg 1797 S-143 Obv.jpg

    This is the 1797 NC-143.

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