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    1829 Curl Base 2 Dime, JR-10, R.6, VF30
    Great Rarity Among the Capped Bust Dimes
    High Condition Census Example

    1829 10C Curl Base 2, JR-10, FS-301, R.6, VF30 PCGS. This problem-free, midgrade circulated example of the 1829 Curl Base 2 dime offers a great deal of remaining eye appeal. Dove-gray and lilac surfaces on the obverse show tinges of rose and gold amid a distinct absence of mentionable abrasions. Swatches of burnt orange decorate the upper reverse. The original patina is accompanied by some moderate buildup of detritus in the interiors of the 8, 2, and 9 in the date that actually emphasizes the piece's most important feature: the Curl Base 2. Certified in a green-label holder.

    Variety: JR-10, FS-301, R.6. Curl Base 2 on obverse. T1 is low and AT close on the reverse. Die State: Late. A prominent die crack bisects the obverse, running from the rim above star 7 through the upper cap, splitting the I in LIBERTY, across the face, jawline, before the throat, back onto the bustline before taking a leftward jaunt back to the rim just below star 1. The die crack on this piece appears more advanced than on the few other pieces we have seen -- but frankly there are just too few examples showing sufficient detail to make any firm conclusions. If the crack did advance rapidly from the state shown here, obviously it could help explain the extreme rarity of this die pairing.

    Population Data (3/15): PCGS shows the present example in VF30 and only one VF35 finer. The next finest at PCGS is a Fine 15. NGC reports six in Good, two in Very Good, and one in Fine.

    Heritage Commentary: Even casual collectors of the Capped Bust dime series are aware, as a rule, of the great rarity of the 1829 Curl Base 2 variety, a noteworthy target of avid cherrypicking on the bourse and fierce bidding at the auction block. Only the sole die variety is known with that feature, and the average grade of certified examples -- the upper end of the pool -- is only VG7. This variety was ranked R.7 when the "dime book" was published back in 1984, but a few more examples have surfaced, the meager fruits of the labor of countless sharp-eyed collectors. Even today we rate the variety R.6, meaning that no more 30 examples survive in all grades -- which sounds about right. A nice, wholesome VF30 coin such as the Gardner Collection example, frankly, puts most survivors of this variety to shame. An extremely important offering in this momentous sale, this is the finest example we have had the privilege to offer since we began our Permanent Auction Archives in 1993.

    Provenance: Orlando Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 1/2009), lot 425. (NGC ID# 9BHH, Variety PCGS# 38836, Base PCGS# 4512)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
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