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    1820 Small 0 'Office Boy' Dime, MS67
    JR-2, Tied for Finest Graded

    1820 10C Small 0, JR-2, R.3, MS67 NGC. The borders display ice-blue, magenta, rose, and apricot-orange patina that turns to golden-gray toning at the centers. The effect is similar on each side with glistening, coruscating mint luster shining through the attractive toning. The left obverse stars, Liberty's hair curls, and the entire reverse are razor-sharp. Only stars 9 to 13 are lightly impressed. This Superb Gem is devoid of mentionable imperfections, and the surfaces appear as fresh as the day they were struck.

    Variety: JR-2, R.3. Popularly referred to as the "Office Boy" variety because of the blundered reverse, this variety shows amateurish recutting and irregular spacing. (STATE)S O(F) is most clearly recut, and the M and E in AMERICA are connected.

    Population Data (9/15): Including all varieties, this coin is one of three MS67 submissions at NGC (one in MS67 ) with none finer. PCGS reports two Small 0 MS67 submissions and none finer. (One 1820 Large 0 in MS68 is the sole finest at PCGS.)

    Heritage Commentary: This is one of only two MS67 Capped Bust dimes in Gene Gardner's extraordinary set. The other Superb Gem is an 1834 Large 4 dime. The 1820 is far more elusive in this high grade, and this may actually be the finest "Office Boy" dime known, rivaling the MS67 PCGS example that recently sold in August 2014 as part of Heritage's sale of the Oliver Jung Collection during the ANA Platinum Night auction. (NGC ID# 236X, Variety PCGS# 38782, Base PCGS# 4493)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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