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    Rare Choice XF 1804 Dime, 13 Star Reverse
    JR-1, Dual-Denomination Die

    1804 10C 13 Stars on Reverse XF45 PCGS. JR-1, R.5. It doesn't take much to get collectors excited about 1804-dated American coinage of any denomination. Only the 1804 half cents are readily available for a price, and the prices zoom skyward from there as the larger denominations are pursued. The 1804 is a key date within the large cents, still available but far more pricey than its little sister. The 1804 dimes, whether with the 13 Star Reverse or 14 Star Reverse, are both officially rated "rare" or R.5. The 1804 silver dollar, of course, is a classic American rarity, and the 1804 quarter eagles share something in common with the 1804 half dimes besides more-or-less rarity: They were struck using the same reverse dies as their silver counterparts. All 1804 half eagles and eagles are also rare, generally speaking, some varieties more than others.
    The 1804 BD-2 quarter eagles with 14 Star Reverse were produced using the JR-2 die, and the 1804 BD-1 quarter eagles with 13 Star Reverse were made from the JR-1 die. (The same die was also used beforehand, for the 1802 BD-2 quarter eagles and the 1802 JR-4 dimes.) The reported mintage for the 1804 dimes was 8,265 pieces, and the 1804 quarter eagles were struck in the amount of 3,327 coins. (Of course, the usual caveat applies to early U.S. coinage, that the Mint personnel did not care about the date on a die, as long as it was serviceable for production.)
    The present Choice XF 1804 13 Stars dime is rare, although marginally less so than its 14 Stars counterpart. Both varieties share the common 1804-dated obverse, with a small plain 4 and the 1 in the date touching the lowest curl. The reverse of this piece shows star 4 virtually obliterated, a gradual process, as the star is more visible on the similarly dated BD-1 quarter eagle. Stars 5 and 10 nearby are also weak. This piece still shows quite a lot of feather detail on the reverse, and about half of the original mint luster remains. Both sides show accents of pink and ice-blue, heavier at the margins. A handful of scrapes appear in the obverse field under a loupe, but none are overly distracting. A nice example of this rarity, one that will be difficult to upgrade. Population: 3 in 45, 2 finer (6/12).(Registry values: P8) (NGC ID# 236N, PCGS# 4474)

    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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