What The Experts Say...
HT 292, Low 96.
Rated R7 by Rulau, this issue, with its distinctive reverse of five berries on the inside and three on the outside, is missing in many advanced collections.
The obverse die depicting the Merchants Exchange building also was used to strike the obverses of Nos. 95 and 97. A die state examination reveals that Low 96 was struck first, the Low 95 and finally Low 97.By the time that Low 97 was struck, the obverse die had deteriorated to the point where many of the letters in the legend have little definition and a few are not much more than blobs.
(H. Joseph Levine, PCAC, The Charles Litman Collection, December 6, 2003)
It [Low 96] shares the same obverse as Low 95 and 97 but die state evidence shows that Low 96 was the first struck.
(Stacks, the John J. Ford Collection, Part IV, June 23rd, 2004)