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    1796 Dime, JR-4, MS65
    Outstanding Prooflike Surfaces
    Condition Census, 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 even on the extreme central high points. 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. The peripheries are not as boldly rendered. Struck on an overweight planchet, light adjustment marks are visible with a glass on the reverse margin at AMERICA. Slight peripheral weakness is seen here, as well as on the opposing obverse border where minor misalignment of the dies results in slight weakness at the dentils and on stars 9 through 13.

    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. A remarkable coin with a touch of cameo contrast on each side. Census (all varieties included): 9 in 65, 10 finer (12/15).
    Ex: The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 1039. (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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