1846 Copper penny - Type 3 - Colon dots after DEF: are now close
* The Colon dots after BRITANNIAR are very weak to virtually non existent !
ã (Faint Far colons)
It would appear that the variety - Type 3 - close colon dots after DEF: are possibly the result of the far colon on the die becoming clogged or weak. Therefore 'new' colon dots were added but in a different place ! This is an example of the close colon dot repair - as very faint (far) colon dots can just be seen ! (listed as CP 1846 Ba)
As the colon dots after BRITANNIAR have also weakened and not been repaired on this die suggests that it is was originally a Type 1 die - with only the colon dots after DEF repaired.
* Normally this die is seen without any traces of the far colon dots after DEF (1846 & 1847).
I would be interested to see any example for either of these dates with strong colon dots after BRITANNIAR - for Type 3 (colon dots after DEF: [close]).
For 1851, the other date that uses this close colon die DEF: die - I have only seen with full strong colon dots after BRITANNIAR:
Any examples of 1851 - reverse type 3 - with weak colon dots after BRITANNIA I would also be pleased to see.
To see if they carried on using some of the old dies or only the new repaired dies ?!
Reverse Type 3 for 1846 is far scarcer than Type 1 (far colon dots after DEF :)