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    Finest Certified 1821 Dime, MS67 ★
    JR-8, R.2

    1821 10C Small Date MS67 ★ NGC. JR-8, R.2. The fourth and fifth dentils right of star 7, above the front part of the cap, are merged, and this feature is diagnostic for the variety, since the obverse die was only paired with a single reverse die. A common variety, but rarely seen in Superb Gem quality. In fact, this is the only 1821 dime of any variety that NGC has graded MS67, with or without a star. Since PCGS has never graded an MS67 of the date, this specimen is the single finest example of the date currently known. For the entire 1809 to 1828 design type, NGC and PCGS have only certified a dozen Superb Gem pieces.
    Ten varieties of dimes were coined in 1821, mostly from unique die combinations that matched one obverse to just one reverse.. The entire coinage, nearly 1.2 million pieces, was accomplished through the use of eight obverse dies and eight reverse dies, an average of 150,000 coins per die pair. This example exhibits faint clash marks on the reverse but otherwise the dies are perfect.
    The design elements on both sides of this finely detailed piece are bold and complete with the solitary exception of the eagle's claws. Intense mint frost is evident beneath rich champagne and blue peripheral toning around deep blue-green at the centers. The surfaces are excellent, with only a few marks of any consequence on each side.
    Ex: Bowers and Merena (1/2005), lot 667, where it was misattributed as JR-6.
    From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.
    (Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 236Y, 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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