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    1796 Dime, JR-6, Semiprooflike MS64
    Boldly Struck and Originally Toned
    Rare This Well-Preserved

    1796 10C JR-6, R.3, MS64 PCGS. The so-called "hyphenated date" variety, with a heavy die break present between the 17 and faintly extending to the 9. This is a fairly early striking from this die pair, as the vertical crack through the 9 in the date is not yet present and both sides show a touch of semiprooflike reflectivity beneath deep aquamarine, gold, and lavender-gray toning. The sharpness of the design is exceptional, including full detail in Liberty's hair curls and throughout the eagle's head and breast feathers. The borders are bold in most areas, and some weakness along the obverse periphery from 12 to 3 o'clock is a result of planchet adjustment, the telltale file marks of which are still discernible. There are no major abrasions, and a few minor field marks on the obverse are hidden by the rich patina.

    As a date, the 1796 dime is scarce in high grade, but still represents the most available option for the type collector seeking a Small Eagle representative. JR-6 is one of the most frequently seen 1796 dime varieties, but it is not as available as JR-1 which is known for its distinctive due cud near star 1. JR-6 is noticeably scarcer in Mint State than is JR-1. The authors of Early United States Dimes wrote of the existence of at least six Mint State JR-6 examples, while Breen estimated that "possibly 12" were known. The last JR-6 example we offered in MS64 PCGS was lot 3304 of our February 2012 Long Beach Signature sale, which realized $69,000. The same coin was plated in the George Earle catalog (Henry Chapman, 6/1912), lot 3122, where it realized $12.50, a strong price for the period. We have not been able to trace previous provenance for the present coin, but it is arguably superior to the Earle coin in terms of eye appeal, as it lacks the mint-made grease streak through the eagle's right (facing) wing, and is also in an earlier die state with less prominent adjustment marks. We anticipate strong interest in this exceptional first-year type coin. Population (all varieties included): 8 in 64, 16 finer (7/15). (NGC ID# 236B, Variety PCGS# 38747, Base PCGS# 4461)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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