Obverse Die 17

Primary Characteristics

Obverse die 17 appears twice as the dominant feature of a die, but a doubling of the profile on several other dies as minor features make this easy to misidentify.


The die 17 is different because there are no other identifying features on the die like date doubling.  The die also has doubling of not only the front of the face from the hair down to the chin, but also a doubling of the back of the phrygian cap.


It is believed that the profile doubling occurs with two different hubs or master dies with slightly different width or placement of the bust were used to create the working die.



(You can see the coins in our collection by clicking on the VAM link below.)


VAMs Featuring Die 17

28 - Double Profile

23 - Double Profile, O Set Left

These images are from coin 06747048, an MS64DMPL VAM 28 coin.