ST 1858 B - Date: (Obv. 1A) The back of the 5 is weak and in need of repairing.
There is only a faint 'pencil' line back-bar.
* The example shown is with a worn coin and the numerals have flattened.
ST 1858 F - Date: (Obv. 1D) The back of the 5 is weak and in need of repairing.
Similar to the above example with the earlier Obverse 1A die.
ST 1858 C - Date: (Obv. 1A) The back of the 5 is now sharper having been repaired.
The 5 is double struck. The back-bar is still not that strong !
The 8 has also been double struck (slightly higher)
* The repair to the back of the 5 appears to be out of sequence with the obverse dies !?
Either Obv. 1A & 1D were in use at the same time period or the earlier 1A die with
(G with short centre cross- bar) was used after the obv. 1D die (the 'new' G with long
centre cross-bar). I have seen and had many more examples of the 'broken' back 5
with obverse 1D than I have see with the repaired (double struck) 5 with obverse 1A.
Did the Royal Mint first start using Obverse 1D in 1858 and to finish a run use up
older 1A dies ?
ST 1858 G - Date: 8 over 5 (listed in ESC) but not confirmed. It seems to me to be highly
unlikely as 1855 is a very scarce date with a low mintage and all of the
reverse dies for that date would have been used up or is any over would
probably have been used in 1856 !
There is a small possibility that because the back of the 5 needed repairing
in this year that the Royal Mint repairer made a mistake and did a test punch
under the 8. However, I would want to see a positive example before
accepting that this variety exists ! None have been offered for auction.
ST 1858 H - Date: (Obv. 1A) Small date (as that used in 1856). Unlike the 5's in 1858 it has
a good solid back. See red arrow at left centre of the 8 - showing the
back-curve of the 6.
ST 1858 J - Date: (Obv. 1A) Small date (as that used in 1856). Unlike the 5's in 1858 it has
a good solid back. The 5 in this example has the gap between the top-bar
and the top of the 'bulge' filled. The 8 has the back-curve of the 6 showing
at left of centre but part of the curved 'top-ball' of the 6 also shows slightly
just inside the top right inner circle. See red arrows for positions.
* It appears that there were at least TWO 1856 reverse dies used for the over striking !