A second example of the previously unique John Reich 14 variety of 1827 Capped Bust dime was reported in the Jan. 1 issue of JR Newsletter, the weekly email newsletter of the John Reich Collectors Society.
The initial discovery piece was cherrypicked from dealer stock during a Labor Day weekend show in central Ohio in 2010. The variety is the first new Capped Bust dime die variety found in the more than 25 years since Early United States Dimes 1796-1837 by David J. Davis, Russell J. Logan, Allen F. Lovejoy, John W. McCloskey, and William L. Subjack was published.
The 2011 find, grading Very Good 8, was brought to the Jan. 5 to 8 Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando for display by Pennsylvania dealer Rich Uhrich on behalf of an anonymous client.
Uhrich said the December 2011 discovery was to be submitted to Professional Coin Grading Service for certification and encapsulation after the convention. While the coin’s value is unknown, Uhrich said Jan. 3 that his client currently plans to hold on to the coin.
Uhrich said he was contacted in December by a collector who had purchased a quantity of Bust dimes early in the year that were unattributed as to die variety. Uhrich said he was contacted by the collector after the owner was unable to match the diagnostics of an 1827 Capped Bust dime from the purchase to any of the 13 varieties identified in Early United States Dimes 1796-1837, published in 1984.
The collector first described to Uhrich in a telephone conversation the 1827 dime’s characteristics, which Uhrich believed a match to the JR-14 discovery piece. The collector shipped the coin to Uhrich for physical inspection, and Uhrich took photos and forwarded them by email to Bradley S. Karoleff, who confirmed Uhrich’s suspicions that the coin was a second known example, Karoleff said Jan. 3. Karoleff is currently JRCS president and also editor of the John Reich Journal.
The first piece discovered is in Very Fine 30 and in a private collection. Although not certified and encapsulated by a third-party grading service, the discovery piece was confirmed as a new variety on Nov. 15, 2010, by McCloskey, as well as Karoleff.
When McCloskey and Karoleff confirmed the identity of a new dime die variety in 2010, the coin was assigned the JR-14 catalog number using the system in the standard reference book.
JR-14 represents the 14th die marriage known for the 1827 Capped Bust dime. The JR-14 coin is a marriage of Obverse 1, also used for the JR-1 die marriage, to Reverse B, also used on the 1827 JR-2 marriage. The collar used to strike JR-2 dimes was the same one used to strike the JR-14 1827 dime.
Obverse 1, used for only the 1827 JR-1 and JR-14 marriages, is one of nine known obverses. Exclusive to Obverse 1 is evidence of recutting of the 7 in the date.
Reverse B is distinguished in part by the location of the scroll containing the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM, which appears further right than on any of the other nine reverses. The scroll ends below the right edge of the right upright of the M in AMERICA.
Another characteristic of the die is the positioning of the second S in STATES. The bottom of the S is slightly lower than the bottom of the E to its left. Yet another characteristic of Reverse B is the broken right serif on the numeral 1 in the denomination. ■