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    1809 Capped Bust Dime, MS64
    JR-1, The Pittman Coin

    1809 10C MS64 PCGS. CAC. JR-1, R.4. Ex: Pittman. A few of the obverse stars are flat with no star centers visible -- almost always seen on this scarce date, and often on other dates throughout the series. The strike is otherwise bold, although the eagle's talons and arrowheads are minimally lacking detail. The lustrous surfaces are clean and unabraded. Sea-green and sky-blue hues blend with violet and rose-gold tones, equally intense on both sides of the coin.

    Variety: JR-1, R.4. The only die pair, with the 9 in the date leaning to the right and a large period close to the arrowhead.

    Population Data (5/14): PCGS reports five MS64 coins and four finer. NGC lists four in MS64 and four finer.

    Heritage Commentary: A pair of tiny marks near Liberty's mouth and a small die lump on the cheek hallmark this piece and confirm it is the John Jay Pittman, Jr. coin, which was last seen in the David Akers two-part sale of the Pittman Collection. The 1809 dime is rare in Choice or better Mint State, although at times it is underrated compared to more frequently seen dates. The JR reference suggests, "There are at least three times the number of 1805 or 1807 dimes available for every 1809 dime seen."

    Provenance: Barney Bluestone's 93rd sale (6/1946); John Jay Pittman Collection, Part I (Akers, 10/1997), lot 544.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 236U, PCGS# 4486)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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