Reverse Die Fingerprints

Below is a list of each identified reverse die together with images illustrating cracks and breaks on the most extreme examples in our collection.  You can then follow those links to the die page for a more detailed discussion on that die.  Dies that show no cracks on coins in our inventory are also noted and can be followed to their respective die pages.

Die

Potential Cracks and Breaks

Latest Stage Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a

To see the detail of all VAMs with an Reverse Die a designation click the arrow to the right.

Die/VAM Matrix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b

  • Reverse Die b is present on three VAMs: 2, 2A, and 2B
  • The obverse die distinguishes the three VAMs
  • Common Characteristics revolve around the mint mark doubling and doubled leaves
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c

  • Reverse Die c only appears on VAM 5
  • The unique O/O configuration separates this die from others
  • None of our examples show any signs of reverse cracks or breaks

VAM 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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e

  • Reverse Die e appears  on VAMs 7 and 45.
  • It is paired with an Obverse Die 1 to form VAM 7 and Obverse Die 30 to form VAM 45.
  • We have only one example of VAM 7 and no example of VAM 45
  • Our only example of VAM 7 shows no signs of any reverse die cracks or breaks, but at this low grade they may have disappeared with wear

 

VAM 7

VAM 45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

f

  • Reverse Die f appears only on VAM 8 and is paired with a Obverse Die 1
  • We have many examples of VAM 8 and none show any reverse die cracks or breaks

VAM 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

g

  • Reverse Die g appears with VAMs 9.1 and 46.
  • With VAM 9.1 it is paired with an Obverse Die 1
  • With VAM 46 it is paired with Obverse Die 31
  • These two dies have similar date doubling but on Obverse Die 31 there are die chips below the 18 in the date, just above the denticles
  • We have eighteen examples of VAM 9.1 and four examples of VAM 46
  • None of the coins show any signs of reverse die cracks or breaks

VAM 9.1

VAM 46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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i

  • Reverse Die i appears on VAMs 11 and 69
  • On VAM 11 it is paired with Obverse Die 1
  • On VAM 69 it is paired with Obverse Die 46
  • We have ten examples of VAM 11 and none show any reverse die cracks or breaks
  • We have two examples of VAM 69 and none show any signs of reverse die cracks or breaks

 

VAM 11

VAM 69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

j

  • Reverse Die j appears only on VAM 12 and is paired with a Obverse Die 1
  • We have three examples of VAM 12 and none show any reverse die cracks or breaks

 

VAM 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

k

  • Reverse Die k appears only on VAM 13 and is paired with a Obverse Die 4
  • We have examples that show no cracks to cracks that cover about twenty five percent of the rim area
  • The die is differentiated from others by the mint mark doubling configuration

VAM 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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m

  • Reverse Die m appears only on VAM 25 and is paired with a Obverse Die 1
  • We have many examples of VAM 25 and none show any signs of die cracks or breaks

 

VAM 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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o

  • Reverse Die o appears with VAMs 36 and 38
  • With VAM 36 it is paired with Obverse Die 25
  • With VAM 38 it is paired with an Obverse Die 1 variation
  • None of the examples of either VAM show signs of reverse die cracks or breaks

VAM 36

VAM 38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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