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    Superb Gem 1830/29
    Capped Bust Dime, JR-4

    1830/29 10C MS67 PCGS. JR-4, R.2. One of the two overdates from 1830, this variety is characterized by the second S in STATES being lower at the base than either A or T; 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. As of (3/09), PCGS has certified just two examples of this 1830/29 variety at the MS67 level, with none finer.
    From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 237A, PCGS# 4519)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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