Obverse Die 25
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Obverse die 25 appears on only one VAM and is paired with reverse die o only. In the case of die 25 the first 8 and last one are doubled. VAM 36A has been delisted and believed to have never existed.
The first 8 is slightly doubled on the right outside of the lower loop. The second 1 is slightly doubled at the top and the lower left of the vertical shaft.
The ear is slightly doubled at bottom of earlobe. This die is distinguished from others with doubled earlobes by the date doubling.
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VAMs Featuring Die 25
36 - Doubled 8-1, O Set Left and Tilted Left
36A - Doubled 8-1, O Set Left and Tilted Left, Clashed n and us
Die Crack Analysis
The analysis of Obverse Die 25 comes with some disclaimer since we have but a single example. The die is linked to Reverse Die o to create VAM 36 - Doubled 8-1, O Set Left, Tilted Left. At one point there was believed to be a 36A, but it has been delisted, so this is a single pairing.
31858265 Mint State 63
Our single example shows no signs of die cracks so we would assume this is the earliest die state.