Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: The Large Date, Small Letter variety (Overton #104 to 108) is a transitional issue which uses the previous year's obverse and a reverse sporting much smaller letter and numeral punches. On the Large Date obverse, the 1 and 4 are TALLER than the 8 and 3. The numerals are very close to the dentils below. Due to their size, Small Letter reverse has the words, as well as the letters, in the legend spaced APART and AWAY from the rim. Another diagnostic is that the center bar of the E in STATES ends in a TRIANGLE. On the Large Letter reverse, the center bar of the E ends in a VERTICAL BAR.
There are three major varieties of 1834: Large Date, Large Letter: Small Date, Small Letter; and Large Date, Small Letter. The first two outnumber the latter by a factor of 2-1 in total number graded and Mint State examples graded. But none of the three can be considered scarce. Each variety boasts many MS-65 examples. But as the December, 2013 population shows, each variety has only one or two in MS-66 or 67.
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