1814 10C STATESOF MS62 Certification #25666683, PCGS #4490
The 1814 STATESOFAMERICA Dime is an interesting variety caused when the engraver placed the word UNITED too high on the reverse die. This forced a shifting of the word STATES and OF to the right, effectively reducing the spacing between these words, and making STATES OF AMERICA appear as a single word. This mistake occurred on only one die of 1814 (JR-5). Apparently, the die survived its press run in 1814, as it was set aside and reused again in 1820, in a cost- and time-saving move, on the JR-1 variety. Thus, in a single stroke, the engraver created inadvertently, two interesting, arms-length varieties for collectors to pursue. Fortunately, the 1814 JR-5 variety is common enough that it does not command much of a premium over the type versions of this date.
Very few Mint State varieties exist of the 1814 STATESOFAMERICA Dime. The best appear to be three to four MS-65 examples certified by NGC. The finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS62.
Fully struck examples seem to be rare. Usually, this variety shows weakness on the highest points of the hair at Liberty's forehead and temple, and often the 6th, 7th, and 10th stars are flat. The reverse often shows weakness at the base of the shield and on the talons of the eagle's right foot (viewer's left).