I have this coin that looks like a transition from FS903 to FS904. The top of the D looks very weak. Is there already a transition variety or too minor to worry about it? What do you all think?
Why isn't that 904?
I'm thinking FS-903, as the D top is supposed to be weak on that, but gone on FS-904.
I don't think one can conclusively say it is weaker than most FS-903s, given that it's dirty there and not high grade.
It gets pretty subjective when I'm trying to imagine what's there under the dirt based on few pixels that look
a little brighter.
Judging from the die cracks on the 3 high grade examples on PCGS CoinFacts,
there are at least 2 reverse dies (and at least 3 obverse dies) for this variety, so there could easily already be some variation
in the weakness of the D top.https://www.pcgs.com/coinfacts/coin/1868-5c-rev-fs-903-002-96/400246
My other 903 looks like this
Looks like 904 to me