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    1796 Dime, MS65
    JR-4, Outstanding Prooflike Surfaces
    Ex: Eliasberg

    1796 10C JR-4, R.4, MS65 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg, where this coin was described as "fully prooflike and possibly a presentation piece." The prooflike surfaces remain, with frosted devices set against mirrored fields, and translucent golden toning at the margins. If not a special strike, the coin is undoubtedly produced from fresh dies with extra care. The portrait of Liberty and the Small Eagle are fully detailed and boldly brought up. In fact, this coin has one of the sharpest renditions of the Small Eagle and its supporting legs, talons, clouds, and surrounding wreath we have seen. Struck on an overweight planchet, light adjustment marks are visible with a glass on the reverse margin at AMERICA.

    The strike is not as bold on the peripheries, where slight misalignment of the dies results in minor weakness at the right-hand stars and dentils between stars 9 and 13. Likewise, the reverse is not fully struck up at the opposing margin at the edge, where the adjusted planchet shows the parallel file marks.

    Other memorable JR-4 dimes include the former Garrett coin, sold by Bowers and Ruddy Galleries in 1980 -- a toned coin, also of Gem quality. Both the current coin and the Garrett specimen show the 6 in the date with bold recutting, the secondary 6 positioned well below the primary digit with the curl and ball of the underdigit lightly effaced. This feature is not mentioned in Early United States Dimes 1796 - 1837 and may be visible only on the high-grade examples of the variety.

    The Seated dime reference further suggests that only 10% of all 1796 dimes are the JR-4 variety. If so, the current population reports combining all varieties need to be viewed with that estimate in mind, suggesting this outstanding dime is one of two pieces at the top end of the Condition Census for the JR-4 variety. Census (all varieties): 9 in 65, 10 finer (2/15).
    Ex: The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 1039.
    From The New Orleans Collection.
    (NGC ID# 236B, Variety PCGS# 38745, Base PCGS# 4461)

    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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