The `27-124 is one of those dastardly difficult die marriages. Attribution is a problem. Note the drawn stars and absence of dentils. The worn obverse die was first used on the 1827 O.135. A short, horizontal curl under the I in LIBERTY is the key for cherry pickers. Veterans call it the “ED Curl,” honoring Elton Dosier, who was the first to equate Overton’s obverse 17 [O.124] with obverse 22 [O.135]. This unassuming 1827 displays original grey toning, lighter on the devices. The surfaces are problem-free save for a nick between TA of STATES. The PCGS holder carries an obsolete attribution, “O.124a.” The BHNC properly delisted the subvariety in 2020. The notion of a distinct die state arose in 1990 when Don Parsley was preparing the 3rd revision of Overton’s tome. I won’t go into the details here.
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