Reverse Die e
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Reverse die e has only one characteristic, that it is an O set high. It appears in two VAMs, numbers 7 and 45. These two Obverse Dies are distinguished by a doubling or normal date.
With VAM 7 the Obverse Die is a die 1, while in VAM 45 it is die 30. As with other coin varieties, the mint mark is set high enough that if you draw a line across the bottom of the bow halves the top of the mint mark breaks that plane.
(You can see the coins in our collection by clicking on the VAM link below.)
VAMs Featuring Die e
7 - O Set High
45 - Doubled Left 1, O Set High
Die Crack Analysis
Reverse Die e shows up with VAMs 7 and 45. The distinguishing characteristic is a mint mark that is set high.
However, for us this is almost impossible to verify because these two VAMs are somewhat rare. We have a single example of VAM 7 and no examples of VAM 45.
32125850 Very Good 10
Because our only example is a Very Good 10 coin, it is difficult to verify if the mint mark is actually set high or has wear made it appear high? More examples from AU 55 or higher will be needed to verify the existence of this die and perhaps the existence of these two VAMs.
Our one example shows no signs of cracks or breaks, but at this low grade only the most severe cracks and breaks would show. More examples are needed for confirmation.
The high mint mark of a VAM 7 coin number 32125850, a Very Good 10 grade.