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    Extremely Rare 1833 JR-3 Dime, John Reich Plate Coin

    1833 10C JR-3, R.6. Reiver state a.--Improperly Cleaned--NCS. AU Details. The John Reich dime book plate coin. The surfaces of this coin have been cleaned with an abrasive with resulting hairlines over the surfaces, and most of Liberty's cap has fine scratches which are best seen with a loupe. The reverse has also been cleaned and has matching surfaces to the obverse. Bright silver throughout, with a hint of gold starting to form around the periphery. Some luster remains in the protected areas, and this offsets the visual effects of the cleaning to a degree. Boldly struck by the dies, with sharp stars and curls on the obverse, and the reverse boasts full definition on the eagle's claws and wings. On balance, this is a very acceptable coin for this rare variety despite the problems mentioned, and a coin that is still well up in the Condition Census behind an MS63 example discovered by Bill Subjack some years ago, and the Benson coin which was found in that date collection and sold in 2002 (AU55).
    For this obverse die, it was first used to coin the 1833 JR-1 variety, then paired with this reverse die, and later went on to coin the 1833 JR-4 and JR-10 variety where it was finally retired with moderate die cracks through the stars and to Liberty's drapery. The reverse die is more interesting here, it was first used to coin the 1832 JR-4 variety, then the 1832 JR-5 coins. While coining the 1832 dimes, this reverse developed several minor die cracks which were not severe enough to preclude further coinage. As 1833 unfolded, the coiner paired this die with the obverse die and began to strike more coins. At first, the die crack over the final A of AMERICA seemed minor, but while coining this variety, the die crack extended down the right leg of the A to the arrowheads below, curling back to the rim below the second arrowhead and this formed a retained cud. Most examples of this variety show the retained cud to some degree, and it is not known if a full cud specimen has been found of this variety. The reverse die was replaced after very few were coined, and this created one of the most elusive die pairings in the entire Capped Bust dime series.
    Ex: Milford Coin Company (1947); Allen F. Lovejoy; Stack's Lovejoy Sale (October 1990). Envelope Included.(Registry values: N991) (NGC ID# 237D, PCGS# 4522)

    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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