Last call for anyone who would like their Draped and/or Capped Bust Dimes included in the upcoming JRCS Early Dime Census. Please send a list of the varieties and conditions of your coins to David Quint at dimecensus (at) yahoo.com
We had a few responses to the images of an 1837 LM-1 half dime posted by the editor:
From Rick Beale: Wow! Nice coin, nice pics.
From David Perkins: Great photos! Thanks.
From Craig Eberhart: Nice photos Richard! Did you take these? If so, what lens are you using for the photo beyond the normal macro of 1:1?
(Editor's response: I did not take these photos. The photographer is Mark Goodman. I don't know the specifics of what he used to image this particular coin. Mark has written a book (now in second edition) on numismatic photography that I highly recommend: Numismatic Photography, 2nd Edition, by Mark Goodman. Available through Amazon.com and other booksellers)
From Paul Kluth: Great looking Half Dime and with strong clashing to boot to go with the wonderful toning! Is that an early stage bisecting die crack coming out of K-12 on the obverse? The clashed date on the reverse in splendid rainbow colors is just awesome. Thanks for sharing as it made my numismatic moment+++ for the day.
(Editor's response: Thanks, Paul. I was first interested in the coin for its striking colors. Further study showed me the die crack which you described, the clashing all over, and the clashing of the date onto the reverse of the coin. I've not seen too many examples of this die marriage with the date clash on the reverse...definitely something to watch for when looking at 1837 half dimes!)
Brad Karoleff wrote:
Dime collectors should submit their collection data to David Quint as soon as possible, since I plan on sending out the next issue of the John Reich Journal, which will include the dime census, in October/November.
Harry Cabluck wrote:
I have inlcuded Bust Half Dollar photos used in the first attempt at axis lighting.
An interesting obverse, it appears the planchet may have been pre-struck under high pressure by the edge of another Bust Half. One might read DOLL HAL upside down in reverse raised letters inside the gash. Would be happy to send the coin to an expert who might have a better than 30X microscope.
Nathan Markowitz wrote: