Obverse Die 22

Primary Characteristics

Obverse die 22 is significant in that it is the most frequent die sited other than die 1.  The die is always coupled with reverse die a, or the normal die.  So it is subtleties of the strike that differentiate the associated VAMs.

 

Clashing is attributable when there is letter transfer, and in the case of die 22 it appears in three VAMs with clashed letters, some strongly clashed.

 

However, it is the earlobe doubling and not the other features that identify the die.  The earlobe is slightly doubled at the bottom of the ear.

 

As a secondary check, this die seems to always have a small gouge in front of the eye that can be used as a secondary check, but below MS state this may have worn away.

 

 

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

 

This photo is from coin 27687366, an  almost uncirculated 58 example.