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    Stunning MS66 JR-1 1796 Dime
    An Important Type Coin

    1796 10C MS66 NGC. JR-1, R.3. The most instantly recognizable of the 1796 dime varieties, thanks to the die break or "cud" at star 1 that appears on virtually all known examples, the JR-1 is also scarce in an absolute sense, though it is also the year's most readily available die variety across the grading spectrum. This piece is from a later die state, with prominent crack in the field just to the right of Liberty's face as well as prominent clash marks throughout.
    Beyond the needs of die-variety enthusiasts, the JR-1 is of particular importance to type and Guide Book collectors. As the first year of issue for dimes, the 1796 date was saved in quantity, and it follows logically that the JR-1 has a plurality of high-grade specimens. This holds true in practice, especially for coins in Gem and better condition. Among the eight 1796 dimes graded MS66 by NGC (there are three finer), a look at Heritage's Permanent Auction Archives shows that at least three distinct coins are of the JR-1 variety (11/09).
    This Premium Gem offers beautiful blue-green peripheral toning over otherwise light silver-gray surfaces. In accordance with comments in Early United States Dimes, this later-state coin has a "shallow central portion," though this weakness is localized and the portrait is sharp for the date. Both sides are attractively lustrous and minimally marked. A gorgeous coin capable of inspiring spirited bidding.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 236B, 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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    January, 2010
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