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    Lovely Toned Gem 1820 Dime With 'Office Boy' Reverse

    1820 10C Small 0 MS65 NGC. JR-2, R.3. While this is a scarce variety, it is extremely popular among early dime collectors due to the spectacularly amateurish recuttings on the reverse die, commonly called the "Office Boy" reverse. Among other blunders, it shows the remains of an earlier punch between D and S in UNITED STATES; recutting on the third T, which is too high; recutting on the bottoms of S O in STATES OF; clear reworking on the M in AMERICA; and joining of the ME nearby. It is little wonder that--even in a Mint that was not overly concerned about blundered dies--this reverse is unique to this die marriage.
    The present example offers beautiful silver-gray surfaces with generous doses of ocean-blue, rose, and copper on the obverse. The reverse is patinated in similar hues. The strike is optimally bold, with good detailing on the left sides but slight weakness on the right sides due to misaligned dies. It is doubtful that the advanced eye appeal of this example will be easily surpassed: both major services together have graded 27 specimens of this date in Gem condition, with 19 higher (3/06). Is that the sound of opportunity knocking?(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 236X, PCGS# 4493)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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