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    1803 JR-1 Dime, XF40
    Second Finest Known of This R.7 Variety
    Ex: EUSD Plate Coin, Ed Price

    1803 10C JR-1, R.7, XF40 PCGS. CAC. Pleasing pewter-gray surfaces show deeper steel at the peripheries, along with wispy rose toning on both sides. Considerable weakness is evident in the centers, as usual. This pleasing piece has a few minor hairlines and abrasions that are consistent with the grade. The reverse has a fine die crack through N to the left wing, ribbon, and eagle's head, nearly invisible by the time it reaches star 10. Faint reverse clash marks are just above the eagle's right wing.

    This piece is believed second finest of fewer than a dozen known. This is the plate coin in the Early U.S. Dimes reference (1984). Until Ed Price discovered the 1803 JR-5 dime, this variety was considered the rarest of the 1803 die marriages. The obverse remained in use for 1803 JR-2 and JR-3, while the reverse was also used for 1802 BD-3, 1802 JR-1, and 1803 JR-5. With that discovery, we know that 1803 JR-1 followed JR-5, as it is a later die state.
    Ex: Dr. Clifford E. Smith Sale (Stack's, 5/1955), lot 924; Herdman Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 2/1978), lot 274; William L. Subjack (1/1992); Early U.S. Dime Plate Coin; Ed Price Collection (Heritage, 7-8/2008), lot 1436. (NGC ID# 236L, Variety PCGS# 38762, Base 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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