Obverse Die 29
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Obverse die 29 is described as a late die state with many fine raised dots on liberty's head from the rusting of the die. The rusting, or pitting is not an unusual feature of late stage dies before they are retired.
The first 8 in the date is doubled on the surface.
The die is paired only with reverse die a, but in the case of VAM 43 those reverse die features are more prominent for identification.
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VAMs Featuring Die 29
43 - Doubled Left 8 and Phrygian Cap, Die Gouge DOL
47 - Doubled Left 8 and Phrygian Cap
Die Crack Characteristics
Obverse Die 29 appears on two VAMs, 43 and 47. The die is rare, and we now have two VAM 43 examples, an AU 53 and an MS63. The die has a doubled first 8 and a doubling of the Phrygian cap at the top.
84722242 Mint State 63
This example shows only minor die cracks around the date.
On VAM 47 the die has progressed to a much later die state with extensive die cracks around the periphery of the coin.
36379198 Mint State 61
Here we also have a single example, an MS 61. This coin is in the late die state with the surface covered in fine raised dots from pitting as the die deteriorates.