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    1820 JR-1 Dime, MS66
    Among the Finest Known of the Date and Variety
    STATESOF Variant, JR-1, MS66
    Top Condition Census for the Variety

    1820 10C STATESOF MS66 PCGS. CAC. JR-1, R.4. The obverse is prooflike and highly lustrous, with frosted motifs surrounded by exquisite toning. The reverse is equally appealing -- but less prooflike -- and frosty. A full strike is evident everywhere except stars 2, 3, 13, and the top dentils, the result of a visible die bulge from the late die state. The reverse is fully struck except at the top dentils. Radiant luster highlights concentric toning bands of brilliant-blue and yellow-green around orange-gold centers.

    Variety: JR-1, R.4. Old-style lettering with STATESOFAMERICA appearing as one word, the same reverse die previously used on the 1814 dime.

    Population Data (5/14): PCGS shows seven of the 1820 date in MS66 with three finer, but this is the sole finest at PCGS of the very scarce JR-1 variety, and none are finer. NGC shows seven in MS66 of the 1820 date with three finer, but there is only one JR-1 at NGC in MS66 with none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The JR-1 variety is among the most challenging 1820 dimes to locate, described in the JR reference as scarce in VF30 or finer. However, it is one of the easiest varieties to identify, with the immediately recognizable STATESOFAMERICA reverse. The 1820 issue needed 13 die pairs to accomplish a total mintage of 942,587 pieces. This example is the finest certified by PCGS of the variety, tied with one other coin by NGC.

    Provenance: Purchased from Benchmark (2/2003).(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 236X, PCGS# 4494)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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