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    1796 JR-1 Dime, MS64 Prooflike
    Intriguing Late Die State Example

    1796 10C JR-1, R.3, MS64 Prooflike NGC. JR-1 is the most often seen 1796 variety, likely comprising about a third of the known coins of this issue, ideal for the casual date collector. The present piece is in a late die state; the obverse exhibits a crack across Liberty's shoulder, into the neck, and a large cud partially covers star 1. This cud becomes more advanced in later stages, eventually obscuring the entire star. The reverse shows several thin die cracks, the most prominent nearly bisecting the coin from the second E in STATES down toward the final A in AMERICA. A later die state shows further cracks. The fields are deeply prooflike from heavy die polishing imparted in an attempt to efface heavy clash marks, the remnants of which are still plainly visible on both sides. The strike is well-centered and even, with pleasing central definition. The obverse shows extensive adjustment marks, as well as the faint remnants of mint-made roller marks, not fully eradicated by the die pressure. An impressively well-preserved example of this popular first-year issue, displaying many interesting and diagnostic striking anomalies with which the early Mint struggled. Census: 20 in 64, 19 finer (11/14). (NGC ID# 236B, Variety PCGS# 38742, Base PCGS# 4461)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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