For the 1861 half penny there are six die varieties consisting of five obverse dies paired with three reverse dies.


1861
Half Penny
Obverse
Reverse




The spacings are measured between the one and the eight and between the six and the one.


Obverse Dies:  The Date



Eight significantly repunched



Small spacing between the 6 and the 1 in the date


Small spacing between the 1 and the 8 in the date



Obverse Dies:  Striations



No striations





Straight striations.



"Wavy" striations

Obverse Dies:  Striations



No striations





Straight striations.


Obverse Dies:  Striations


"Wavy" striations



Reverse Dies:  1/26

Short numerator
Repunched 2

Tall numerator
Rounded 2

Short numerator
Slightly repunched 2