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    1804 14 Stars Reverse Dime, JR-2, AU50
    Low Condition Census Example
    Twice as Rare as the 13 Stars Variety

    1804 10C 14 Stars Reverse, JR-2, R.5, AU50 PCGS. Both the JR-1 13 Stars 1804 dime and the JR-2 14 Stars are rare, but the 14 Stars is markedly more so, despite both rating R.5. Only a single Mint State example of the JR-2 14 Stars reverse dime is known, an MS63 NGC piece that brought a whopping $367,188 in our Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2013), lot 4178. The only other Mint State 1804 dime we know of is a 13 Stars JR-1 example that Saul Teichman and John Dannreuther have mentioned to us held in France's Bibliothèque Nationale, graded by Dannreuther MS63-MS64 but uncertified.

    Light blue, brownish-gray, and amber intermingle on this each side of this well-preserved 1804 14 Stars dime, among the rarest of the Bust dime varieties struck in the early 19th century. A few thin scrapes appear on the obverse, none singularly distracting. Generous detail remains in the hair and drapery on the obverse, although the dentilation is weak from 6:30 to 9:30 on the obverse rim. The reverse shows similar weakness around much of the margins but is pleasingly bold in the central details. This coin offers top-notch eye appeal and represents a rare bidding opportunity for Bust dime specialists or merely for collectors who love early rare coins.

    Condition Census of 180414 Stars Dimes

    1. MS63 NGC. William Jacob Collection / Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2013), lot 4178; Legend (4/2021), lot 288.
    2. AU58 NGC. CAC. David S. Wilson Sale (S.H. Chapman, 3/1907), lot 694; Virgil Brand, journal entry #37166; Armin Brand; Eliasberg Collection; Heritage (1/2007), lot 861, as AU53 PCGS, $161,000; Ed Price Collection / ANA Signature (Heritage, 7/2008), lot 1443, which brought $632,500.
    3. AU58 NGC. James A. Stack estate (Stack's, 1/1990), lot 13; Bolen Collection, Numisma '95 (RARCOA, 11/1995), lot 2019; Milwaukee ANA (Heritage, 8/2007), lot 1622, which brought $184,000. The cataloger wrote at that time, in part: "Gray, golden, and lightly iridescent ... likely the finest known."
    4. AU50 PCGS. The present example. See provenance below.
    5. Stained -- NGC Details. AU. Chicago Signature (Heritage, 8/2011), lot 7071, brought $18,400; ANA Signature (Heritage, 2/2014), lot 3811, $13,603. "Unusual brown and gray coloration that suggests it may have once been buried."
    6. XF45 PCGS. CAC. FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2012), lot 3136, brought $69,000; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2013), lot 4177, brought $88,125. Scrape from obverse field to star 4.
    7. XF45 PCGS. CAC. Purchased privately by the Norwebs from Stack's, March 18, 1955; Norweb I (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987), lot 403; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2003), lot 6363; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2014), lot 5559, where it brought $70,500.
    8. XF45. Miles Sale (Stack's, 4/1969), lot 606. Mentioned as the "finest known" in the JR dime book, published in 1984.

    Ex: Superior (6/1998), lot 1035; Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II (Heritage, 10/2014), lot 98227.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 236P, Variety PCGS# 38767, Base PCGS# 4475)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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