|Stack's Bowers||Auction||August 2011 Chicago ANA - Rarities Night||Aug-2011||Kennywood-ANR 1/05:349;Jewell. CAC||1834 Capped Bust Dime. JR-5. Rarity-1. Large 4. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC. This obverse die, in its second marriage for the 1834 Capped Bust dime, is attributable by a large size digit 4 in the date with the crossbar partially broken off. In the JR-5 marriage, this obverse is paired with a reverse on which the lowermost arrow shaft extends through the middle talon on the eagle's right (facing) claw. This reverse was also used to strike the 1834 JR-6 variety.
A common die marriage in an absolute sense, yet a rare coin from a condition standpoint, this vividly toned Superb Gem is tied for finest certified for the issue at PCGS. The obverse is drenched in bold cobalt-blue patina with intermingled lavender-rose highlights in and around the center. A bit lighter overall on the reverse, that side of the coin exhibits a blend of handsome golden-gray, champagne-apricot and steel-blue toning. Lustrous and satiny, with a bold to sharp strike in all areas of the design. There are certainly no outwardly distracting blemishes, and a loupe is required to discern a faint obverse toning spot behind Liberty's portrait (inside star 12) that we mention for pedigree purposes. An exceptional coin in all regards.
Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers
A condition rarity deluxe! Although readily available in lower grades, as noted above, at this level the present piece represents an opportunity that may not be repeated for many years. If Capped Bust dimes are your specialty, bid as much as you can for this. You will own a treasure.