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    1830/29 Capped Bust Dime, MS67
    JR-4, FS-301, Tied for Finest Known

    1830/29 10C JR-4, R.2, MS67 PCGS Secure. FS-301. One of the two overdates from 1830 (the other is JR-5), this variety is characterized by the second T in STATES being lower at the base than either A or E; and the first A in AMERICA is recut. An earlier state of this obverse die, without die cracks or a later rim cud over three denticles above the cap. Most observers would call this gorgeous Superb Gem fully brilliant, but a trace amount of tan color is technically present along the left borders. The strike is razor-sharp on the shield, dentils, and stars, while slight softness (as made) is noted on the reverse, including the eagle's head and neck, right (facing) talons, arrow heads, and fletchings.

    A number of Mint State Capped Bust dimes do not demonstrate unbroken cartwheel luster in the fields; however, on the present example the luster is both intense and fully penetrating. Thorough examination under a loupe fails to locate even the faintest contact on the reverse, and the obverse is nearly as perfect, and has only a trivial indication or two of contact. On this exemplary piece, the 29 underdigits are noticeable, the lower right edge of the 2 extends east of the 3, and the right edge of the ball of the 9 is detected on the lower left of the 0. Die steel was too precious a commodity in 1830 to waste a die because it bore an obsolete date, and Mint policy at that time (and as late as the 1901/0-S half eagle) was to simply correct the offending digits in the die. The 1830/29 is scarce in all Mint State grades, and is extremely rare above the MS65 level. PCGS has certified just two examples of this 1830/29 variety at the MS67 level, with none finer -- in fact, the next finest at PCGS are a pair of MS64 coins (2/15). (NGC ID# 237A, Variety PCGS# 38847, Base PCGS# 4519)

    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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