Is this a known die state?
1831 N 11 is known to have a cud break above TES, and later, another piece falls out causing the top of the S to be filled. A recent find of mine shows that only about a third of the top of the S is filled, an interesting intermediate late die state.1831 LDS 3.jpg
The coin in the center of the picture shows that the lower third of the upper inside loupe of S has started to fill in.
Any thoughts? Is this a known die state progression?
1831 LDS b.jpg
Last edited by copperhobbie; 04-21-2012 at 07:33 PM.
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I'm kind of surprised also, but the difference on the middle N-11 is pretty minor and may be attributed to slightly more wear on this large cent. In my opinion, unless a significant chunk of metal displaced to get to die state b, which was apparently the terminal die state for this die, variations would be expected from cracks-only in die state a to die state b. Dennis
Chris Victor McCawley also has an interesting and even slightly earlier 1831 N-11b die state for sale on his web-site.