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    NGC 1796 MS 66. JR-1, R.3. The most commonly encountered variety of the year, immediately identifiable by the die cud break at star 1. As the first year of issue, 1796 dimes have always been a favorite of collectors, dealers, hoarders, and accumulators alike. Some 250 pieces are known of the JR-1 variety with a couple of dozen in or near mint state. The famous collector (of many other things other than coins also) Colonel E.H.R. Green accumulated many 1796 dimes, and quite a few of the really choice survivors come from his estate.
    This coin appears to be a later striking of the JR-1 dies as it has somewhat shallow details in the centers, and there is no trace of prooflikeness in the fields that is often seen on early strikings. The mint frost on this coin is superb. It is especially pronounced on the obverse and in the center of the reverse where not much toning is visible. On the obverse there is a deep mixture of sea-green and golden-brown color around the stars and denticles. The reverse is quite another matter. The devices are outlined with a vibrant crimson-rose and cobalt-blue patina with slight untoned portions occasionally visible in the more open areas of the fields. As mentioned, the centers are somewhat softly defined, especially the breast feathers of the eagle, but elsewhere the striking details are quite well brought up with especially crisp definition on the peripheral obverse stars. A true American classic and sure to be the object of much bidding interest. Population: 1 in 66, none finer by NGC (4/94); 2 in 66, and none finer by PCGS (6/94). (NGC ID# 236B, PCGS# 4461)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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