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PCGS 1841 PR 62. With Drapery. An unrecorded, but very small, number of proof dimes were struck in 1841. This is the only one certified by either of the major grading services. According to Breen (1977) and Brian Greer's references on this series, all but one of the known proofs show no drapery at Liberty's elbow, this design element having been polished away by heavy lapping of the dies. There is one coin mentioned with the drapery at the elbow, that coin being in a "N.Y. specialist set." Of course, we do not know who the "N.Y. specialist" is, nor do we know if this is the coin from that set. However, we can speculate that if it is from that specialist's collection, then most likely the With Drapery proof dime of this year is unique. If not from that collection, then this is a second example.
When viewing this coin, there is absolutely no doubt about its proof status. Michael Hodder once told the story of how he had a sign hanging over his desk that answered most questions about questionable coins. The sign read: "If you have to ask, it isn't." With this coin, there is no need for independent confirmation, no need to look up diagnostics. It just is. The fields are unfathomably deep in their reflectivity, and are broken by numerous small contact marks and a milky patina in the center of the reverse. The most notable marks for pedigree purposes are: a short scratch between the rock and star 1 on the obverse, and on the reverse there is a thin scratch out from the E in ONE and the E in DIME, as well as some planchet roughness just below the IM of DIME. The strike is crisp throughout and shows absolutely no trace of softness anywhere. Brilliant on both sides, this is a very impressive coin, and surely one to generate much enthusiasm among the many collectors of this series. (NGC ID# 23BV, PCGS# 4728)

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30th-2nd
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