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United States, 20 Dollars, 1849 (Pattern)

 

a.
This toothed edge, made up of tiny elements called dentils, was both decorative and functional. It gave the metal a place to expand while the coin was being pressed and made counterfeiting more difficult.

 

b.
It is not known how these marks were made but at some point in the life of this coin it was damaged.

 

c.
The roughness in this area indicates that this coin was struck using a new die. As the die was used to produce more coins this rough surface would have been worn down and subsequent coins would have been smooth in this area.

 

d.
The word liberty in the coronet gives this style coin its designation — Liberty head.

 

 
 
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