Obverse Die 16
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Die 16 is one of the more important dies in the 1881-O series because it appears only once, in VAM 27, and produces the most valuable VAM in the series.
Die 16 is distinguished because the doubling of the back and base of ear are more pronounced and longer as a feature. The front inside of ear and hair above ear also appear as doubled. As a marker the LIBERTY in the headband can be slightly doubled on right side.
Die 16 also distinguishes itself because on VAM 27 it is not overshadowed by reverse features and stands alone as the determining identification.
There are other dies in the 1881-O series with double ear features, but these dies focus on a doubling of the earlobe and not the ear.
(You can see the coins in our collection by clicking on the VAM link below.)
VAMs Featuring Die 16
27 - Double Ear
These images are from coin 14106210 an Almost Uncirculated 58 VAM 27 coin.