Type I Reverse - Variety 112a
Obverse 10: High Date, Slight Downward Slope, Large Knob 6
Reverse E.2a: Reverse Rotated Right 65 Degrees, Late Die State, Small CC, [mm Lt,L], Doubled ONE DIME
Obverse 10 Reverse E.2a
Comments: A third 1876 Carson City rotated reverse right example was purchased at a small West Coast Florida show during February 2014. This specimen however exhibits reverse rotation of 65 degrees right rather than 45 degrees seen on the published for Variety 112. The reverse appearance, with poorly defined right wreath devices, continues to match that seen on the Variety 112 discovery coin. The obverse is struck slightly off center. I believe the obverse is the hammer die while the reverse is the anvil die. Careful study of this piece suggest that the coinage press was not properly calibrated as the strike is uneven with respect to horizontal plane from left to right on the reverse. Even though the reverse is shown as being rotated in the above images, I believe the rotation issue is caused by an improper setup of the hammer die from a rotational perspective. I also believe that the anvil die had a planarity setup issue.
Following the announcement of Variety 112a with 65 degree rotations, Jason Feldman, a researcher of seated dime rotated reverse dies, made an additional example available for web-book publication. His EF45 example exactly matches the piece located during February 2014. His dime was discovered at the 2011 Winter FUN show.
Since few examples of Variety 112 and 112a are known, it is likely that the press operator noticed the poor striking quality and terminated production quickly after the erroneous press setup leaving a few specimens to enter circulation.
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection (above top) VF25 and Jason Feldman Collection (above) EF45
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