What is a “center dot” (Obverse) and where is it?
I am trying to attribute this 1838 large cent and I am stuck on the question of what is a “center dot” and where is it? The Noyes book I am using does not define the term (as far as I can find) and the illustrations for N-12 and N-15 do not appear to show the location of the dot(s)…only that the location appears to be somewhere in the vicinity between stars 4 and 5. It appears that a center dot is not necessarily in the center of the coin. I have found no images online of N-12 or N-15 where the location of the dot(s) is clear. I have found a few 1838 images where there is a dot in one place or another in the general area of stars 4 and 5.
Can anyone tell me where, exactly these dots are supposed to be for 1838 OBVERSE 10?
Below is a photo of my 1838 with dots (indicated by arrows). I am suspecting that they are in the wrong place to be an OBVERSE 10.
Also, I have questions on REVERSE J. The description indicates a broken right upright to the N in CENT. On my coin there appears to be a dent – I am thinking it may not be enough to call it a break. What about that? Similar question for the left arm of T in CENT?
It appears to me that on my coin, AME is above RI which is high above CA. This means other possibilities (in addition to N-12 or N-15) for attribution are:
N-3: On my coin there is a faint dot (too faint?) above the center dot (a real center dot by my way of thinking) on the reverse, which would suggest this coin is N-3. Is it? There also appear to be blurred denticles under the date (are they blurred enough to qualify?).
N-6: My coin does not appear to have a broken E (Obverse) (does it?) – so it would not be N-6.
N-8: same comment as N-6, so it would not be N-8.
N-11, N-13: I think, on my coin, the top of E is not above R (obverse) – so my coin would not be N-11, N-13.
I am about to conclude that my coin is either N-3 or N-15, but I need a little more help on some of these questions to decide.
My apologies for such a long post and so many questions. Thanks in advance for any help.