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For the 1888 penny there are seven die varieties consisting of four obverse dies paired with five reverse dies.  Variety 1-C is the most common.


1888 Penny
Obverse Reverse
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  • Obverse 1:
    • The top left ray of the star is broken.
    • This broken ray can also be seen on the 1877 Proof only Royal Mint issue and the 1881 issue.
  • Obverse 1S:
    • Similar to type 1 but striations are also visible.
  • Obverse 2:
    • The top left ray of the star is complete.
  • Obverse 3S:
    • The top left ray of the star is reworked and striations are visible.
  • Reverse A:
    • The 88 is misalgined.
  • Reverse B:
    • The 88 is near the letter N.
  • Reverse C:
    • The 88 is well aligned.
  • Reverse D:
    • The 88 is slightly out of alignment with a large gap between the 8s.
  • Reverse E:
    • The 88 is in a lower position relative to the letter N.
For more close up images of this coin,
see under the microscope page.

Obverse Dies:  The Star
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Broken Ray
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Complete Ray


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Reworked Ray


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Reverse Dies:  The Date
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Uneven 88
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88 Near N
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The Straight 88
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Large Spacing Between the 8s
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Low 88
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