It was March of 1807 before the fourth Mint Director, Robert-Patterson, finally hired the German born John Reich as second engraver. At that time the dime was still unfamiliar to most Americans. The Act of April, 1792, creating the decimal dollar, made a key component “dismes or tenths . . . a disme being a tenth part of a dollar.” However, the quarter dollar fit more easily into popular usage, as it was equal to the Spanish two-reales coin, or “two bits.” This era was one favoring Rubenesque beauty, as a glance at chief engraver Robert Scot’s dowdy Draped Bust obverse will show. As she first appeared on the 1809 Capped Bust dime Reich’s Liberty was, if anything, a trifle more streamlined than her predecessor. Fifty years later, U.S. Mint writer William Ewing DuBois would claim that the model for all these rather stout, ample-bosomed Liberties was a woman he called “Reich’s fat German mistress.” The reverse bore an American eagle with head turned left, holding three arrows symbolizing strength, and an olive branch representing peace. On its breast is the Union Shield composed of six horizontal lines indicating blue, with 13 stripes below, six of these made of three vertical lines each indicating red. Such lines were an 18th century engraver’s standardized method of showing colors in black-and-white engravings; blue representing dominion, red signifying force, with white denoting purity. Encircling the top of the eagle is the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and a scroll with the incuse motto E PLURIBUS UNUM. Beneath the eagle is the denomination 10 C.
The year 1834 was a transitional one for the half dollar. Several obverse diesutilized the older bust introduced in 1832, while others featured the revised bust which debuted this year....
First year of issue finest known Morgan Dollar proof with a pedigree that stretches directly back to the Philadelphia Mint!
Key date San Francisco Seated Quarter in a PCGS XF45 OGH holder. No mint state examples are known for this scarce date, and PCGS has only graded seven coins finer!...
Finest known 1877-CC dime. An exquisite coin with a population of 3/0 at both services.
A rare note from San Francisco’s legendary Emperor Norton. Joshua Abraham Norton was born in South Africa on February 4, 1819. In 1849, he emigrated to San Francisco, where he...
The single finest graded piece of 19th Century U.S. paper money in the world! The United States began issuing Legal Tender or U.S. Notes during the Civil War. These bills...
A mini-run with each note exhibiting natural paper wave and embossing. One note grades Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ, Four notes grade Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ,and five notes clock in at Choice Uncirculated 64...
The Narrow variety is a little tougher than the Wide variety for this series. An almost consecutive quintet with the first two notes grading PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ and the last...
A pleasing quartet of New Back examples made up of three consecutive notes and another just one serial number removed. (Total: 4 notes) Rare $360
This lightly circulated solid 5 serial number $20 has wide, perfectly centered margins and clean paper. Thoroughly original, it is very much worthy of its EPQ designation. Rare $895
A pleasing replacement example of the "New Back" variety from the Chicago district that is strongly embossed. Great color and scarce this nice. $495