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Can anyone tell me what die variant (WB) this 1873 CC half is?

AlanSkiAlanSki Posts: 1,829 ✭✭✭✭✭


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    LJenkins11LJenkins11 Posts: 726 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2024 8:36PM

    I don't claim with certainty but based on the mint mark and the dates right side arrow (not low) on the obverse my gut feeling is WB-3 and not WB-5. WB-5 has prominent enough die breaks in areas that on your example are not worn to smithereens and should be somewhat visible though im curious what other SLH folks think. I didn't know what "Berlinghof" meant before today, thanks for sharing.

    Edit, having looked at the obverse date arrows further it's WB-3. WB-5 arrows are spaced further from the date on both sides compared to your coin.

    Here is a link to the reference material I used.


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    AlanSkiAlanSki Posts: 1,829 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you. You gave me more information than I originally had regarding survival estimates.

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    BarberianBarberian Posts: 3,056 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You have a WB3 "small CC".

    Here are the three "With arrows, Small CC" 1873-CC die marriages:

    WB-3: Left arrow shaft high (up near serif), right arrow shaft centered between loops of 3

    WB-4: Left arrow shaft low; right arrow shaft not centered, points to lower loop on 3

    WB-5: Left arrow shaft low; right arrow shaft centered between loops of 3

    3 rim nicks away from Good
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    jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,318 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I agree with WB-3, arrows pretty much nail it, as die cracks not visible in photos nor lumps.

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    AlanSkiAlanSki Posts: 1,829 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Would it be worthwhile to send it to our hosts since they only have a pop 1 WB-3 in F-15?

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    LJenkins11LJenkins11 Posts: 726 ✭✭✭✭✭

    IMHO I would leave it as is in that old ANACS holder with Berlinghof on the label.

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