The fields of this coin are bright and reflective, although somewhat subdued by the depth of the charcoal-gray and blue toning that surrounds the outer portions of each side. Light hairlines are noted in the fields, but their effect is greatly diminished by the wide peripheral color. The striking details are consistent with other JR-2 dimes. That is, there is significant softness of strike on the hair curls as well as on the eagle. While this softness of strike may not impress those who are more accustomed to viewing mass produced modern proofs, one must bear in mind that this coin was the best product the mint was capable of producing in 1825 with this pair of dies and using a screw press that was powered either by human or animal muscle.
Early proofs, such as this piece, are extremely rare and are of the greatest importance to advanced numismatic studies, giving us a standard by which we can measure other coins of the period. Of the utmost desirability to the collector of 19th century proofs. (NGC ID# 27CZ, PCGS# 4543)
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