1857 3d Obverse & Date varieties
There appears to be some unusual repairs in 1857 (Obv. 1) to VICTORIA
which are described below.
ST 1857 A - Obv 1 (F: D: all types - Aa to An) From 1838 to 1857 the normal fonts use for
VICTORIA are a 'Roman' style 'I' & plain style 'C' (NO top serif). See picture above.
ST 1857 Ar - Obv. 1 - A very unusual colon dot over-strike ! So far, only seen for 1857.
ST 1857 C1 - Obv. 1A (F:D: type - Ac) The bottom left leg of the first 'I' in VICTORIA appears
to be broken and looks like an inverted Arabic 1. The 'C' is now of a different font
and possibly 1 size larger than the original 'C'. The new 'C' has a serif top as appose
to the original 'C' that had NO serif ! See pictures ST 1857 C1 & ST 1857 C3.
ST 1857 C2 - Obv. 1B (F:D: type - Ac) The first 'I' of VICTORIA appears to have the
corrected repair to the 'I' and it now has a 'full' foot. However, there is a tiny bit of
another 'I' below from an earlier misplaced trial punch. The 'C' appears similar to
the original 'C' but broken at the top. See ST 1857 C2.
ST 1857 C3 - Obv. 1C (F:D: type - Ac) As "C2" the first "I" of VICTORIA appears to have
the corrected repair However, there is still the tiny bit of the test strike of another
'I' below the original 'I' from an earlier misplaced trial punch. The new 'C' has a
serif top as appose to the original 'C' that had NO serif !
See pictures ST 1857 C1 & ST 1857 C3.
1857 Date varieties
ST 1857 A - Obv. 1 Date: Smaller 1857 in comparison to 1857 D
The '1' is a fraction shorter and thinner than that of 1857 D
The '8' is probably the same size font as per 1857 D
The '5' is slightly smaller than the 1857 D.
The '5' has a slightly slanted top bar that kicks up at the end.
and the bulbous lower half is the same width as the top bar.
The '7' is approximately the same size font as 1857 D.
But it has a slightly smaller bulbous end to its leg.
ST 1857 B* - Obv. 1 Date: As per 1857 A except that the 7 is double struck over a 7.
The 7 is slightly higher and very slightly to the right of the under 7.
*The example I have is of a very poor and small image of the
overdate. I have tried to replicate the variety as best possible
so as to indicate what the over date variety should look like.
If any one has a better example of this over-date that they could let me have let me
have a picture of - I would be pleased to use it.
The two 1857 (A & D) dates shown together for comparison
ST 1857 D - Obv. 1 Date: Slightly Larger 1857 in comparison to 1857 A
The '1' is slightly taller and thicker than that of 1857 A
* On the example I have the 1 is over-struck on another 1.
It is possible that there might be an example without the over-strike !
The '8' is probably the same size font as per 1857 A
The '5' is slightly larger and wider than the 1857 A.
The '5' has a virtually flat top bar and the bulbous lower half is
much larger than on 1857 A and is wider than the top bar.
The tail end of the '5' has a larger 'ball' end
The '7' is approximately the same size font as 1857 A.
But it has a slightly thicker bulbous end to its leg.
ST 1857 D appears to be the scarcer of the two date varieties.
ST 1857 E - Obv. 1 Date: As per ST 1857 D but without the 1 over 1 over-strike.
It is possible that this variety might exist but I have not found an
example of it yet !