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For the 1858 penny there are six die varieties consisting of five obverse dies paired with three reverse dies.  The differences can be noted in the date and in the fraction.


1858 Penny
Obverse Reverse
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  • Obverse 1:
    • The spacing between the eight and the five in the date is 0.77 mm.
    • The one in the date has been significantly repunched.
  • Obverse 2:
    • The spacing between the eight and the five in the date is 0.77 mm.
    • Die crack is present in the V of VICTORIA.
    • The A in BRITANNIAR has been signfificantly repunched.
  • Obverse 2S:
    • Striations are present.
  • Obverse 3:
    • The spacing between the eight and the five in the date is 0.61 mm.
  • Obverse 3S:
    • Striations are present.
  • Reverse A:
    • The one has been repunched over a small one.
    • This is similar to the 1861 type B.
  • Reverse B:
    • The one has been repunched multipe times
    • The three has also been repunched.
  • Reverse C:
    • The fraction has a round top 3.
    • The N in SHILLING has been signfificantly repunched.
For more close up images of this coin,
see under the microscope page.

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Striations are visible on some of the coins.

Obverse Dies:  The Date
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  Clearer date  
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  Small spacing between the 8 and the 5  
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Obverse Dies:  VICTORIA
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  Die crack is not present  
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  Die crack is present  
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  Die crack is not present  
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Obverse Dies:  BRITANNIAR
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Reverse Dies:  The Fraction
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The flat top fraction
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  The multiple repunched fraction  
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  The round top fraction  
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Reverse Dies:  SHILL of SHILLING
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The letter N has been repunched.
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  The letter N has been repunched.  
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  Letters out of alignment.  
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Reverse Dies:  ING of SHILLING
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The letter N has been repunched.
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  The letter N has been repunched.  
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  The letter N has been repunched multiple times.  
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Reverse Dies:  JER of JERSEY
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Clear letter R.
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  The letter R has been repunched.  
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  The letter R has been
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