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The E-Sylum: Volume 27, Number 5, February 4, 2024, Article 4

NEW BOOK: U.S. DIMES 1792-1837

Robert Powers has published the latest book in his series of variety & die state attribution guides. It's available from David Kahn Rare Coins. -Editor

U.S. Dimes 1792-1837 Variety Identification Guide
by Robert Powers


U.S. Dimes 1792-1837 book cover Proudly presented to you is the 8th publication of a series of variety identification guides covering Early U.S. Coins. This book covers all of the currently known die marriages of the U.S. Dimes series from 1792-1837. A complete list of all of the author's previous publications to date are below, which are highly recommended:

1. U.S. Large Cents 1793-1814 (Early Date Large Cents)
2. U.S. Large Cents 1816-1839 (Middle Date Large Cents)
3. U.S. Half Cents 1793-1857 (Complete Series)
4. U.S. Half Dollars 1794-1807 (Flowing Hair and Draped Bust)
5. U.S. Half Dollars 1807-1826 (Capped Bust Halves, Vol. 1)
6. U.S. Half Dollars 1827-1836 (Capped Bust Halves, Vol. 2)
7. U.S. Half Dimes 1792-1837 (Flowing Hair, Draped, and Capped Bust)
8. U.S. Dimes 1792-1837 (Draped Bust and Capped Bust)
9. U.S. Quarters 1796-1838 (Draped Bust and Capped Bust)

The primary focus of this guide is to have you quickly and efficiently attributing your Draped Bust and Capped Bust Dimes. That used to be no easy task, but we've made it far easier than ever before with our down-to-Earth system focusing on naked eye observations (photo memory recall), dentil alignments, close-up photos, as well as clearly illustrated die cracks which we have augmented with lines drawn in order to make them easy to see. The large, full color, modern, ultra-high resolution photos found within were carefully selected for these purposes.

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The author of this book has had a strong interest in Early U.S. coins for over 30 years. He set out to write this series of books because he has wanted to read them for many years, and finally gave up on waiting for someone else to write them.

Good luck!

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In his February 2024 Rare Coins News and Newps email to clients, Dave Kahn penned these thoughts about variety attributions and Robert's books. -Editor

"Robert is a good friend of DKRC and a serious student of early American coinage, who has written, and continues to write interesting Variety Identification Guides for US Flowing Hair, Draped and Capped Bust coin series. He has just released the Bust dime book, 1792 thru 1837, which nearly completes all the copper and silver. The final volume in this series will be Bust quarters, coming fairly soon.

"Robert's books are purely die variety attribution manuals, and I find it quite interesting to see his take on things. A fresh look at attribution methods can work wonders, as I know very well. Back when I started collecting Bust halves by Overton seriously, around 1984, I set out to memorize Overton. By the late 80's, when I met Dr. Michael Summers, who quickly became my primary mentor in that series, I had made lots of progress. But Mike showed me a different way to look at the coins, and for me, his way was not only faster and more effective, it was easier too.

"So it is with Robert Powers. He takes a little different path. Yes, I already know much of what he has put in print, but not all, and it's those little nuggets that can be valuable. If you haven't seen any of Powers' books, I suggest you try one. He very likely has written one on your favorite series. I can't wait to see what he'll have coming next!"

For more information, or to order, see:
U.S. Dimes 1792-1837 Variety Identification Guide, by Robert Powers (

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