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....
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
Wide even margins and bright white paper are found on this well printed 1928 $20 Fed from the Richmond district. Greaet value and a scarce bill in this quality. $610...
Its been many many years since we have seen an example in this grade. High grade Light Green Seals such as this are not available in great quantity. This from...
A lovely note which is one of the finest for the issue known displaying pack fresh originality. These Gem quality pieces are becoming more difficult to find in this high quality every...