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    1798 MS 65 PCGS. Small 8. JR-3, R.5. Of the 27,550 dimes struck in this year, four different die pairings were used. This is the second scarcest variety, but its difficulty has been overestimated in the past when compared to the more common varieties. Dimes from this year have always been popular with collectors because it is the first year for the heraldic eagle reverse. Two overdates and two regular dates are known. This piece has a regular date with a small 8.
    At the time of the publication of the JR text on early dimes, the finest JR-3 believed known was an NGC MS 64 from the collection of Allen Lovejoy. This coin is noticeably finer than the Lovejoy specimen. As with most examples of the JR-3 variety, the devices are very sharply defined, showing strong hair detail on Liberty. The only area of weakness is on the upper two stars above the eagle's head, and this may be characteristic as both this piece and the Lovejoy example show weakness there. There are several mint-made imperfections of little consequence, such as a couple of fine obverse die cracks, light die clashing in the fields, and a long, faint streak of grease (as struck into the coin) that runs diagonally across the reverse. The surfaces are virtually free from post-striking impairments, however. The only one of any note is a scratch that runs through the bundle of arrows on the lower reverse, and we mention this more for pedigree purposes, not because it is visually distracting. The mint luster is frosted and it is such a delight to see an 18th century U.S. coin with the full "look" it had when struck almost 200 years ago. There is much brilliance still evident with a slight accent of golden-rose patina noted over each side. A special coin that has obviously been well cared for since issued. Population: 2 in 65, only 1 finer (4/95). (NGC ID# 236E, PCGS# 4467)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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