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    1804 13 Stars Reverse Dime, JR-1, AU53
    Important Rarity, Unknown in Mint State
    Tied for Third-Finest Certified

    1804 10C 13 Stars Reverse, JR-1, R.5, AU53 PCGS. Pinkish-lilac, hazel-blue, and gray areas intermingle with lighter silver-white on some of the device high points on this 1804 13 Stars Reverse dime, an absolute and conditional rarity of the utmost importance to early Bust dime specialists. A thin scrape from a rear hair curl to star 3 provides pedigree identification but is undistracting. This piece is quite sharply detailed on Liberty's hair, although some high-point rub is indicated by color change in those areas. The left obverse denticles are absent, typical for the variety, but the drapery line is stronger than normal. The reverse is quite well-struck overall as well -- far bolder than usually seen -- save for minor softness at the right shield border-wing juncture.

    Variety: JR-1, R.5. 13 Star reverse, the fourth use of this die between dime and quarter eagle varieties.

    Population Data (7/14): For the 13 Stars JR-1 variety, PCGS reports two each in AU53 and AU55, and no Mint State examples at all. NGC shows two AU55 for the variety, and again none of the 13 Stars variety in Mint State at all.

    Heritage Commentary: This AU53 PCGS piece is the third-finest behind two AU55 NGC coins for the top-graded 1804 13 Stars we have offered since we began maintaining our Permanent Auction Archives more than two decades ago. (The fourth-finest is an XF45 PCGS.) Most certified examples of this issue typically grade no more than Very Fine. In terms of the overall Condition Census, we believe this piece is tied for third-finest among certified coins with the ex: Pittman-Kennywood Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 1/2005, lot 342), also AU53 PCGS but a different coin. (We exclude an 1804 13 Stars in France's Bibliothèque Nationale, reported by Sail Teichman and John Dannreuther but uncertified.)

    Auction appearances of this rare variety are sparse at Heritage and elsewhere, but it is notable that those two AU55 NGC pieces -- lot 1442 in our Baltimore ANA Signature (Heritage, 9/2008), the Ed Price Collection coin; and lot 2220 in our Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2009), the Joseph C. Thomas Collection coin -- brought $149,500 and $63,250, respectively, in those auctions.

    Provenance: Purchased from David Lawrence (3/2002). (NGC ID# 236N, Variety PCGS# 38766, Base 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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