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    1820 Large 0 Dime, MS65
    Amazing Eye Appeal, JR-8

    1820 10C Large 0, JR-8, R.3, MS65 PCGS. CAC. Radiant, shimmering luster percolates through a rich layer of colorful patina on the obverse that includes shades of mint-green, teal, yellow, orange, and rose. The same hues appear throughout the reverse, though electric-blue is by far the dominant color. The devices are well-struck, albeit soft on the stars and the eagle's right talon. Each side exhibits a number of light clash marks, but abrasions are nearly unseen without a loupe.

    Variety: JR-8, R.3. The JR-8 variety has a Large 0 in the date. Differences between the so-called Small 0 and Large 0 are exceedingly difficult to discern without one of each variety in hand, leading Breen to suggest that variety attribution may be easier based on "old style" versus "modern" lettering. The T in STATES is centered over IB in PLURIBUS.

    Population Data (9/15): For the Large 0 dimes PCGS shows 11 in MS65 and seven finer, up to a sole MS68. For the year 1820 NGC reports 20 Gems and 10 higher-graded examples. Only two MS65 Large 0 coins and a single MS66 boast a green CAC sticker.

    Heritage Commentary: This is a relatively available date in most grades, as nearly 1 million coins were struck and somewhere around 600 pieces survive. However, collectors desiring a high-end Gem example with attractive original patina would be hard-pressed to locate a better representative. Like so many of Gene Gardner's carefully selected coins, this piece possesses simply amazing eye appeal.

    Provenance: 60th Anniversary Sale (Stack's, 10/1995), lot 318. (NGC ID# 236X, Variety PCGS# 38779, Base PCGS# 4492)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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