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    1820 Small 0 Dime, MS67
    JR-2, Possibly Finest Known

    1820 10C Small 0, JR-2, R.3, MS67 PCGS Secure. CAC. Apple-green and rose-red adorn the obverse of this lustrous and immaculate Superb Gem. The reverse exhibits aquamarine, violet, and autumn-gold shades. The strike is intricate aside from occasional slight incompleteness on the dentils.

    Among the 13 1820 die marriages, only JR-2 and JR-3 have a small 0 in the date, as they were struck from the same obverse die. JR-2 is readily distinguished from JR-3 by its blundered UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The first S in STATES is lightly but widely repunched. The O in OF is repunched south, and the M in AMERICA is repunched west. It appears that the second S in STATES was initially entered retrograde, since an errant serif is visible at the lower right corner. The obverse is better engraved despite minor repunching on the final star.

    The Dime Book calls JR-2 "very popular among collectors because of the spectacular "Office Boy" recuttings. Although such die worker errors likely embarrassed the Mint in 1820, today they are viewed favorably. The lettering mistakes add a rustic charm, and also simplify attribution. The present high grade example is from a late die state with a double set of clash marks near the beak and light clash marks beneath Liberty's ear and at the tip of her upper ribbon.

    JR-2 is a conditionally rare variety. A search of our auction archives locates no prior appearances finer than MS65. Among those certified as JR-2 by PCGS, the present piece is finest by three grades. At NGC, the single finest as JR-2 is graded MS66. Thus, this lot may be the highest graded example of the variety. Certainly, it is difficult to believe that another may be of equal quality.
    From The Collection of Oliver Jung. (NGC ID# 236X, Variety PCGS# 38782, Base PCGS# 4493)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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