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    1803 JR-2 Dime, AU55 Details
    Second Finest Known of This Scarce Variety
    The JR Reference Plate Coin

    1803 10C JR-2, R.6 -- Cleaned -- ANACS. AU55 Details. Ex: Lovejoy. The JR (Early U.S. Dimes) plate coin for this variety and the second finest known, second only to the Pittman-Logan-Price coin. The 1803 dime is difficult to find in high grades regardless of variety, with only four pieces have been certified in Mint State grades and fewer than three dozen are certified in AU or higher by both of the major services. Amazingly, even with an R.6 rarity rating, JR-2 is only the third rarest of the five varieties of the year.

    Light cleaning is mostly manifested as an unobtrusive series of hairlines in the fields. The coin has retoned nicely to a light olive-gold through many of the fields, while the recessed areas retain their silver color and a fair degree of luster. The strike is strong for an early U.S. Mint product with weakness limited to a few of the stars, and only a trace of wear can be seen, primarily on the clouds. The reverse shows a series of cracks as a result of its use for previous marriages of both dimes (1802) and quarter eagles. An attractive coin despite the qualifier, and likely the finest JR-2 extant.
    Ex: R. L. Miles Collection (Stack's, 4/69, lot 604); Lovejoy Collection (Stack's, 10/90, lot 23); ANR (9/05, lot 237); ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2007), lot 1619. (NGC ID# 236L, Variety PCGS# 38763, 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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