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1814 Capped Bust Dime - 'STATESOFAMERICA' Variety

EddiEddi Posts: 453 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited February 13, 2023 12:18AM in U.S. Coin Forum

The 1814 dime, 'StatesOfAmerica' variety is an interesting and relatively scarce die pairing for the year. As can be seen, the legend runs together, with no spacing between the words. The variety is JR-5.

An estimated 100 - 200 examples are thought to exist. This example has been in my collection for approximately 35 years now. It is not encapsulated.

The coin has minor remnants of mint luster. Unfortunately this cannot be appreciated from the photos.
I have attached two set of pictures taken under different natural lighting conditions.

Please let me know what you think.

Thank you,


Comments

  • rkprkp Posts: 432 ✭✭✭

    Wonderful coin. You can definitely make out some luster around the outline of the bust and stars.

    It looks like an XF-45/AU-50 coin to me. It's probably worth a couple grand, why no slab at least to protect it?

  • jacrispiesjacrispies Posts: 711 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beauties!!! AU-50 for each.

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  • EddiEddi Posts: 453 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for comments so far.

    This is not a straightforward variety to grade. Per the Mega Red Book, The STATESOFASMERICA variety is often weakly struck , specially on the curls behind the forehead.

    Anybody else want to venture a grade estimate or a comment?

  • MaywoodMaywood Posts: 1,884 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Probably closer to AU58.

  • ThreeCentSilverFLThreeCentSilverFL Posts: 1,659 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice mid AU example! I bet in the right light you get some nice subdued cartwheel luster around the periphery

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice coin... Not being a dime collector, I was not aware of that variety... Thanks for the pictures. Cheers, RickO

  • EddiEddi Posts: 453 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ThreeCentSilverFL said:
    Very nice mid AU example! I bet in the right light you get some nice subdued cartwheel luster around the periphery

    Thank you very much.
    Yes, you are correct. Unfortunately, coin photography is not one of my strong points...

  • semikeycollectorsemikeycollector Posts: 931 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love the colors and peripheral toning! It is a better variety.
    I know its in the AU range. Not exactly sure where in that range. I would be proud to own it too!

  • DDRDDR Posts: 1,560 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Cool coin and cool variety. But as others have said, I would get it slabbed. At a minimum, just to protect the coin.

  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,474 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The AU sharpness is there, but the luster looks flat from, perhaps, a very old cleaning. My guess is that' it's market acceptable, but the luster issue might limit it to an AU-53 grade.

    Here is a coin with a similar sort of issue. The grade is AU-58 except for the scratch on Ms. Liberty's bust. It was ruled not bad enough for a details grade, but it's in an AU-53 holder. BTW I like this coin very much.

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  • EastonCollectionEastonCollection Posts: 1,249 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have a 53/58/62 1814SOA dime and i feel that your coin is a 55 or 58 and I am leaning towards a 55. This variety comes is weakly struck on the obverse. What I can't tell from the photo is whether the coin has been cleaned or is original. But it looks like a great coin and quite rare if it grades 55 or better. Congrats on owning this rare variety. Whats interesting is many believe that the 1814 SOA is scarcer than the 1820 SOA (same reverse) but i am finding that the 1820 is slightly scarcer than then 1814.

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  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,539 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @EastonCollection said:
    I have a 53/58/62 1814SOA dime and i feel that your coin is a 55 or 58 and I am leaning towards a 55. This variety comes is weakly struck on the obverse. What I can't tell from the photo is whether the coin has been cleaned or is original. But it looks like a great coin and quite rare if it grades 55 or better. Congrats on owning this rare variety. Whats interesting is many believe that the 1814 SOA is scarcer than the 1820 SOA (same reverse) but i am finding that the 1820 is slightly scarcer than then 1814.

    I always thought that the 1814 usage of this reverse die was slightly scarcer than the 1820, but the circa 1960 restrike from the STATESOFAMERICA die by Robert Bashlow is the bomb! Somebody showed me one at a show once and it was heavily rusted. Looked like somebody (probably Bashlow) heavily polished the lower reverse to get rid of the rust, and there was a lot of detail lost in the tail feathers, the arrows and the branch.

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  • pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,591 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great looking example, and like a few others, I suspect the images show the detail better than the luster or color, both of which appear slightly more subdued that I think they would appear in hand.

    Because of the striking issues, almost impossible to nail the grade without having her in hand, but looks very much like an AU55 to my eyes.


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