So what I think happened here is that very near the end of the life of the sole 1804 obverse dime die, a mint worker repunched and retooled both the E and the R (and quite possibly the reverse feathers as well) as they were becoming obviously weak. While the Gardner coin is obvious late die state based on the S13 crack, there is surprisingly no sign in the photos of the prominent crack across the cheek of Liberty seen on other high grade LDS coins. This could be due to wear or due to the same mint worker repairing the more obvious facial crack by filling it in. It would be a lot easier to confirm all this if another example with this recutting were known, but I as well have never noticed one. Good eye on the part of Mr. Rocco.
Winston Zack wrote:
I am interested to hear about Jim Matthews' contemporary counterfeit coin presentation/ talk at the Baltimore show this past weekend. If someone has a summary of the main points discussed, or better yet we have the video of the presentation which can be shared (as an idea the JRCS club could have it's own YouTube channel where these types of educational videos could be posted/ hosted), I would be very interested in hearing about it.
Winston Zack (stoneman101(at)gmail.com)