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    1821 Small Date Dime, JR-9, MS64
    Beautiful Concentric Toning
    The Allen Lovejoy Coin

    1821 10C Small Date, JR-9, R.2, MS64 PCGS. Eye-popping concentric color on both sides is this near-Gem 1821 Small Date dime's calling card. Vivid electric-blue in the obverse center cedes to mint and amber near the rims, with a dab of sunset-orange. The reverse shows a golden and sandy-brown interior ringed with deeper copper and sky-blue. The strike is sharp overall, despite weakness in the center of star 8, showing good dentilation on both sides. A few stray contact marks are well within the Gem grade.

    Variety: JR-9, R.2. Small Date, last 1 not under curl, star 1 recut on an inner point, star 7 nearly touching cap, star 8 pointing to upper edge of a denticle. The reverse shows T3 above E2 at the top.

    Population Data (7/14): Without specifying varieties, PCGS shows three submissions of the 1821 Small Date dimes in MS64, with a single MS66 finer. NGC shows two MS64 examples of the JR-9, with one each finer in MS65 and MS66.

    Heritage Commentary: The JR-9 is one of three Small Date die pairings for 1821; JR-8 and JR-10 are the others, all filling the relevant Guide Book variety slot.

    Provenance: Bowers and Ruddy, sold privately (2/1976); Stack's, offered at the 1984 ANA Convention bourse, sold privately (7/29/1984); Allen F. Lovejoy; Lovejoy Collection (Stack's, 10/1990), lot 59; October Sale (Stack's, 10/1997), lot 451. Allen Lovejoy was among the five authors of Early United States Dimes 1796-1837, the so-called "dime book." (NGC ID# 236Y, Variety PCGS# 38799, Base PCGS# 94496)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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