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    1798 JR-3 Dime, MS64
    Garrett-Lovejoy Specimen
    JR Plate Coin

    1798 10C Small 8 MS64 PCGS. CAC. JR-3, R.5. Curved-tail to R in LIBERTY, the only appearance among 1798 dimes. In fact, it is the only appearance of a curved-tail R on any die variety in the Draped Bust series from 1796 to 1807. The obverse of this late die state is shattered and the reverse is clashed.
    Each of the four known 1798 dime varieties is distinctive: JR-1 is an overdate with 16 reverse stars, JR-2 is an overdate with 13 reverse stars, JR-3 is a normal date with berries on the reverse, and JR-4 is a normal date with five reverse berries. The rarest overdate is JR-2 and the rarest normal date is JR-3, the variety offered here.
    The finest known 1798 JR-3 dime is the Eliasberg specimen that we offered as part of the Ed Price collection. Next on the roster is the Superb Gem Bareford specimen that Stack's offered in 1981. We believe the present specimen, from the Garrett and Lovejoy collections, is third finest. It is also the plate coin in Early United States Dimes 1796-1837. This piece was graded AU55 in the Garrett catalog, and was incorrectly described as an overdate. In the Lovejoy catalog, it was offered as MS64 NGC.
    Trivial marks hidden in the devices prevent a higher grade. This fully lustrous near-Gem has ivory and light silver surfaces with frosty mint brilliance shining through iridescent toning. The strike is full and the eye appeal is grand. In addition to its high level of eye appeal, this piece also boasts considerable historical numismatic importance.
    Ex: Garrett Collection; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1980), lot 1571; Allen F. Lovejoy Collection (Stack's, 10/1990), lot 12.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 236E, PCGS# 4467)

    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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