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    1834 Large 4 Dime, JR-6, Lovely Toned PR65
    The Pittman Collection Coin
    One of Three or Four Known

    1834 10C Large 4, JR-6, PR65 PCGS. High R.7 or R.8 as a Proof. An extreme rarity in early U.S. coinage and one of only two two proof Capped Bust dimes in the remarkable Gardner Collection, this 1834 Gem proof certified by PCGS hails from an earlier collection of notable quality: the John Jay Pittman Collection. Mellow blue and heather tones prevail on this fully struck Gem proof.

    The other proof Bust dime in the Gardner Collection is an 1822 PR66 Cameo dime PCGS-CAC that brought a staggering $440,625 in our June offering of the Gardner Part One Collection.

    Variety: JR-6. Only R.2 as a business strike. Extremely rare as a proof, with Akers suggesting in the Pittman catalog (where this coin last appeared publicly) that only three or four proofs were known of the JR-6 variety. The King of Siam proof set contained a JR-1, and proofs are also known of the JR-5 and JR-7.

    Population Data (7/14): Without regard to variety, PCGS shows eight 1834 proof dimes, the finest three in PR67. NGC reports one PR65 and one PR67 of the date, varieties unspecified. We believe that not more than eight or nine proof 1834 dimes exist of all varieties combined.

    Heritage Commentary: David Akers cataloged this piece in this way in the Pittman catalog:

    "This coin has a full strike, deep mirror fields, and absolutely superb toning with shades of deep blue, violet and gold predominating. The surfaces of the coin are very clean and do not have any hairlines or impairments whatsoever. There is, however, a tiny flaw on the obverse rim, 'as made,' at the 4th star. On this variety, the Large 4 is imperfect with a missing crossbar. (It does not extend out to the right of the upright of the 4.) On the reverse, there are a number of very tiny hairline die breaks ... . This coin is exceptional in all respects and is certainly one of the finest Proof Small Size Capped Bust Dimes in existence, regardless of date or variety."


    Provenance: Purchased by John Jay Pittman from O.K. Rumbel of Mission, Texas, for $25, date unrecorded; Pittman Collection (Akers, 10/1997), lot 572.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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