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    1796 Dime, Rare JR-5, AU55
    Early United States Dimes Plate Coin
    Likely the Finest Available

    1796 10C JR-5, R.5, AU55 PCGS. This is a well-struck coin with only a two small areas of incompleteness on the eagle's breast and leg, as always. Partial luster remains under a layer of rich patina with accents of rose and sea-green, and each side has a degree of reflectivity. High-point friction is at an absolute minimum, and a few small pinscratches do not detract from the abundant appeal.

    Variety: JR-5, R.5. The leaf tip is close to I in AMERICA, the berry is under the upright of E in UNITED, the leaf tip is under F in OF, 79 in the date is widely spaced, and T in LIBERTY is right of the hair curl. A rare variety.

    Population Data (9/15): For the date, PCGS lists 19 examples in AU55 with 77 finer submissions, including all varieties.

    Heritage Commentary: JR-5 is one of the two 1796 dime varieties with an R.5 rating, and it is unusual in anything approaching the quality of this Choice AU coin. This piece was cited in the 1984 Early United States Dimes reference (where it served as the plate coin) as the finest the authors had seen, and it remains perhaps the finest example of the variety available. This is a relatively late die state, featuring a vertical die crack that bisects the obverse between 1 o'clock and 5 o'clock.

    Provenance: An unknown late-1930s Wayte Raymond Sale, lot 395; Harold Bareford Collection (Stack's, 10/1981), lot 132; Allen F. Lovejoy Collection (Stack's, 10/1990), lot 6; private collection; William H. LaBelle, Sr. Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 7/2005), lot 977; Baltimore Signature (Heritage, 3/2009), lot 786. (NGC ID# 236B, Variety PCGS# 38746, 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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