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    1828 Small Date Dime, Sharp MS65
    JR-1, The Eliasberg Coin
    New William Kneass Obverse Design

    1828 10C Small Date, JR-1, R.2, MS65 PCGS. CAC. The mirrored fields contrast nicely with frosty devices amid pleasing pastel blue, gold, heather, and lilac patina on each side. This piece is so sharply struck, well-centered, and well-preserved that it was cataloged as a proof in the Eliasberg Collection.

    Variety: JR-1, R.2. Small Date. The date and stars are smaller and the period in the denomination is smaller than on the Large Date JR-2 dimes of this year. The two varieties used to be called the "Small Diameter" and "Large Diameter" but the two are, in fact, the same diameter.

    Population Data (7/14): PCGS reports four examples of the Small Date in MS65 with one MS67 finer. NGC shows two in MS65 and one in MS66.

    Heritage Commentary: As noted, this piece was described as a proof in the Eliasberg sale, although it is not one of the pieces Walter Breen described in his Proof Encyclopedia. In any case, it is a stunning coin with a pedigree now verifiably 115 years long. The obverse of this Small Date variety is the new William Kneass design, but paired with a leftover John Reich reverse. The JR-2 Large Date has an opposite pairing, old Reich obverse-new Kneass reverse, with a greater number of (narrower) denticles.

    Provenance: Apparently from the E.W. Ropes Collection sale; New York Coin & Stamp (2/28/1899) to J.M. Clapp; Clapp Estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (1942); Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 1081, where it traded as a Proof-64.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2377, Variety PCGS# 38826, Base PCGS# 4510)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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