Obverse Die 45
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Obverse die 45 has a doubling below the flag on the first 1, and the first 8 is slightly doubled at the top right outside of the upper loop, and the right inside and bottom outside of the lower loop.
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There are several vertical polish lines to the left outside of the ear top.
VAMs Featuring Die 45
Die Crack Characteristics
Obverse Die 35 is associated with only VAM 68, one of our discovery VAMs. VAM 68 (Doubled 18, O Tilted Left) is one of our discovery VAMs and we have located four examples so far. The four coins range all the way from Extra Fine 45 to Mint State 65+.
All of our VAM 68 examples show the same die cracks to some extent. The best examples are on the discovery coin. There is a long die crack that begins at the second left star and extends down through the date, terminating just before the last 1.
There is a shorter crack extending from the third through fifth right stars.
There is a faint crack between the RI above Liberty's crown that is just starting to show and perhaps another faint crack starting to show between the IB.
The die shows fatigue all around the rim.