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. ■