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    Important PR66 JR-2 1833 Dime

    1833 10C PR66 PCGS. JR-2, R.5 as a business strike, R.8 as a proof. "This variety is decidedly rare in all conditions. No specimens have been seen in Mint State. Finest seen is VF25." This quote is taken from Early United States Dimes 1796-1837, published in 1984 and still the standard reference to the Capped Bust dime series. No mention is made of proofs of this variety.
    The brief production run of JR-2 was caused by a shattered obverse die. Early strikes show a bisecting crack between 11:30 and 5 o'clock. Later, a second prominent crack developed, from the mid-point of the first crack through star 1 to the rim. The obverse die was discarded, but the reverse die persevered to coin examples 1832 JR-6 and 1833 JR-1.
    The present proof is from an early die state that lacks the second crack. This confirms that it is an original proof, and not a restrike. The fields provide delightful reflectivity, and are toned in sea-green and gunmetal-gray. As expected of a proof impression, the strike is essentially full, with perhaps a knuckle or two on the right (facing) claw lacking absolute detail. The dentils are squared off instead of blending into the field. The coin is housed in a first generation holder.
    Our research confirms the existence of only three different proof 1833 dimes, although a few other coins were cataloged as proofs in the decades before third party certification. All three proofs are JR-2 and are from the same die state:
    1. The present lot. PR66 PCGS. Brooks Collection (Bowers and Merena, 6/1989), lot 90, which realized $66,000.
    2. PR66 NGC. Thomas Cleanay Collection, (S.H. and H. Chapman, 12/1890), lot 1509; Dr. Christian Allenburger Collection (B. Max Mehl, 3/1948), lot 896; John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 569; Long Beach Connoisseur Collection (Bowers and Merena, 8/1999), lot 99; Benson Collection, Part II (Ira & Larry Goldberg, 2/2002), lot 482; Turtle Rock Collection (Superior, 2/2008), lot 497, which realized $80,800.
    3. Choice Brilliant Proof. Will W. Neil Collection (B. Max Mehl, 6/1947), lot 1233; Floyd T. Starr Collection (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 357, which realized $23,100.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27D5, PCGS# 4555)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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