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    Unique Early Die State 1801 JR-2 Dime

    1801 10C AU Details, Improperly Cleaned NCS. JR-2, R.5. Pewter-gray surfaces exhibit splashes of sky-blue, especially on the reverse. Although cleaned with myriad hairlines and abrasions, considerable luster remains visible on both sides. The central devices, drapery, and upper right reverse stars and clouds are weak, as nearly always.

    Die State.
    The reverse has minor rust pits, but no trace of any die cracks that were thought to exist on all known examples of the 1801 JR-2 die marriage until this piece turned up.

    Condition Census.
    The only known early die state of 1801 JR-2.

    Appearances.
    Plated in our 1996 ANA catalog.

    Obverse Die.
    The same obverse die as 1801 JR-1, but now lapped. The date is closely spaced with both 1's separated from the device. Stars 1 and 7 are equally distant from the curl and L, star 8 is very close to the Y, and star 13 is close to the drapery. All stars are widely spaced with none touching. LIB are closely spaced with BERTY widely spaced. The repunched R and spine from the curl tip are now mostly gone.
    State a. Perfect die, may not exist. State b. Severely rusted die. State c. Lapped die, probably does not exist on JR-1.

    Reverse Die.
    Leaf tip below center of C, diagnostic. Stars are arranged with six in the top row, the usual star pattern. Star 4 is usually weak or absent, as it is on this example. Star 12 joins the lower beak and ribbon, but is separated from the upper beak. All letters in the legend are separated, although AME are quite close with A slightly higher than M at its base. A leaf point is merged with the right base of I. The branch has five berries, although the upper outside berry is almost lost in severe localized die rust.
    State a. Without die cracks. State b. Cracked from F to cloud and stars, from border to arrow butts, claw, and shield, and through E of AMERICA to the top leaf and shield. State c. The first two cracks of state b join in the horizontal shield lines.

    Heritage Commentary.
    An amazing coin for the specialist, and an attractive, high grade example despite its impairment.

    Consignor Commentary.
    When I saw this in lot viewing at the ANA in 1996, at first glance I thought it was a JR-1 due to the lack of reverse die cracks. I was excited when I realized that it was actually a JR-2 and that the lack of die cracks on the reverse made it a die state I had never seen or heard about. The coin was in the raw section of the sale, and I was delighted when nobody else seemed to care about it. Since 1996, I have continued to look for another, but have not seen one.

    Provenance.
    Heritage (8/1996), lot 5386.
    From The Ed Price Collection.
    (Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 236J, PCGS# 4471)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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