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    Terminal Die State 1801 Half Dime, Jules's "Junker" Coin

    1801 H10C V-1 and V-2, LM-2, R.4. Reiver state h.--Damaged--NCS. VF Details. This is the terminal die state for this long lasting obverse die. The damage consists of several small pit like defects as this coin was probably recovered from a road where it suffered these indignities. Now toned an attractive medium gray with lighter devices. While not the most perfect coin in this group, this one has a certain charm and story, and represents the tail end of this amazing obverse dies life.
    This particular coin was purchased by Jules in 1962. It came from a junk box and the dealer sold it him for the princely sum of $2. At first Jules hesitated, as the coin was too "beat up". Jules purchased the coin after the dealer said "It's only two dollars, and you can throw it away if you improve it." Jules bought the coin and a few weeks later took it with him to Lester Merkin's shop where many numismatists informally gathered on Saturday mornings. When Jules showed this coin to Walter Breen, Breen said it was the latest die state he had seen and took copious notes. Later, when Jules purchased a nicer example of an 1801 half dime for his collection, he tried to sell this coin to his friend George Ramont, asking the original $2 for the coin. Ramont said, "Jules these are beautiful rim breaks, you shouldn't sell this coin". Jules didn't sell, and this coin was one of the cornerstones of his research on the 1801 half dimes, and helped prove that the V-1 and V-2 varieties were simply different die states and not a new obverse die as had been long believed. Jules sometimes referred to this coin as a "junker" which any numismatist can certainly appreciate. Quotes from a letter and discussions with Jules over the past two decades.
    Ex: Foxwell, (1962) for $2.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 2327, PCGS# 4267)

    Weight: 1.35 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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    This 64-page book cites mintage and rarity estimates by prominent numismatists and documents the currently known 1802 half dime appearances. Each of the 32 documented examples includes an enlarged obverse/reverse photograph, the author's assigned grade, the provenance of each coin, auction prices realized or dealer fixed asking price, and a unique serial number for each specimen that will facilitate retrieval for research, cataloging, or price-information purposes. Reserve your copy of this remarkable volume for just $29.95 today.
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