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    Near-Gem 1798 Large 8 Dime, JR-4
    Attractive Multicolored Example

    1798 10C Large 8 MS64 PCGS. JR-4, R.4. All 1798 dime die pairs are scarce or rare. Among "perfect date" die pairs, the Large 8 or JR-4, being R.3, is more accessible than the R.5 or rare JR-3 die pair with Small 8 in the date. The authors of Early United States Dimes wrote of the JR-4 in 1984: "Commonest 1798 variety. Frequency of appearance, about 45% of 1798 dimes." The certified population data from PCGS suggest that the JR-4 is not so prevalent, but certified data have their own biases toward higher-value coins, and there is a clear gap between the two scarce die pairs and the two listed as rare.
    This gap applies not only to the number of examples total, but also the quantities in Mint State. In the case of the JR-4, PCGS has certified 14 total Mint State coins, which is a smaller sum than for the JR-1 but leagues away from the JR-2 or JR-3, with just three PCGS certification events in Mint State apiece. Of course, taking all of those numbers in the aggregate suggests that the 1798 dime, regardless of die pair, is a condition rarity in Mint State.
    This near-Gem example of the JR-4 variety has striking multicolored patina with patches of peach, green, blue, and violet. The luster under the toning is strong and insistent, particularly on the reverse. While the margins have a degree of striking softness, the interior definition is better, though still incomplete. For the JR-4 variety, including PCGS numbers 4466 and 38753, Population: 3 in 64, 3 finer (2/12).(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 236E, PCGS# 4466)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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