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    Late Die State 1802 JR-2 Dime, AU55

    1802 10C AU55 NGC. JR-2, R.5. A boldly detailed example of the scarce 1802 JR-2 die combination, in this instance with bold central and peripheral details. The surfaces have virtually complete satin luster beneath splendid gold and blue toning. A few tiny ticks are evident on each side, related to limited circulation. A tiny rim nick above the L in LIBERTY identifies this as the Lovejoy specimen.

    Die State.
    Faint clash marks appear above and below the bust. The right side of the reverse is shattered with more than 10 individual die cracks, one ending at the border just below the right wing tip forming a small triangular rim break.

    Condition Census.
    Probably the second or third finest known 1802 JR-2 dime, behind the lone Mint State piece in the previous lot. In the dime book, this specimen was called the finest known late die state piece, a position it still holds today.

    Plated in the Lovejoy catalog.

    Obverse Die.
    Tip of the hair curl is under the center of the B. Star 1 is distant from the hair curl, star 13 is closer to the drapery, and stars 7 and 8 are each very close to the L and Y. The 1 is close to the lower curl, and the 2 is about centered between the bust and border. The stars are all separated with star pairs 2-3 and 5-6 closer than the others. LIBERTY is evenly spaced with all letters separated and the L slightly low.
    State a. Perfect. State b. Faint clash marks at the throat and a die line at upper right. The clash marks may only appear with reverse State e, described below. State c. The die line is weak, probably due to die lapping.

    Reverse Die.
    Space between clouds is below right side of E, diagnostic. Star 2 is recut with eight points. Star 12 enters the eagle's mouth but touches neither beak. Its lower point joins the scroll above the center of U. Star 13 is far above the scroll and points to the left side of U. AME are extremely close with all other letters widely spaced.

    Reverse die states.
    See our enumeration at the previous lot.

    Heritage Commentary.
    The Stack's catalog of the Lovejoy Collection identifies this as the same coin that earlier appeared in their sale of the R.L. Miles Collection, held in April 1969. However, the plate of lot 603 in that catalog fails to match the physical coin or the plate of this coin in the Lovejoy catalog.

    Consignor Commentary.
    This is easily in the Condition Census, probably second or third finest known. I have owned two other nice AU examples, but always preferred this one.

    Shoreham Enterprises, Ltd. (privately, 11/1983); Allen F. Lovejoy (Stack's, 10/1990), lot 19; Stack's (5/1997), lot 470.
    From The Ed Price Collection.
    (Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 236K, PCGS# 4472)

    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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