Remarkable 1803 JR-4 Dime1803 10C AU53 PCGS. JR-4, R.5. Among early dimes, this coinage date is considerably underrated. The authors of Early United States Dimes commented: "This rare dime date is probably the most unappreciated of the Draped Bust dime series." Today, five die varieties are known and three of those are major rarities. The most common variety is JR-3, which is currently rated R.4, and next is this R.5 variety.
Although possibly not in the Condition Census for the variety, this example is clearly finer than most examples that we have seen. Both sides have light gray color with satiny luster and pale champagne overtones. Light surface marks on each side are visible, but not obtrusive. Surprisingly well struck for the grade with strong central obverse details and nearly full reverse details.
The die state aficionado will love this coin! While the obverse die is essentially perfect without any noticeable die damage, the reverse die is shattered and extensively clashed. In fact, the reverse die looks to be in pieces, and one chunk in the right wing is missing altogether. The numismatist with an inclination for such puzzles may enjoy recording each of the individual die cracks and clash marks on the reverse.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 236L, PCGS# 4473)
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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