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    1798 Dime, MS 63 NGC

    1798 MS 63 NGC. Medium 8. JR-4, R.3. Of the 27,550 dimes struck in this year, four different die pairings were used. This is the most common variety, but difficulty is encountered when trying to locate a finer grade example. 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 medium 8.
    At the time of the publication of the JR text on early dimes, the finest JR-4 believed known was an MS 63. As with most examples of the JR-4 variety, the devices are very sharply defined, showing strong hair detail on Liberty. The only area of weakness is on the eagle's right (facing) wing at the juncture with the shield. There are several mint-made imperfections of little consequence, such as a couple of fine obverse die cracks and light die clashing in the fields. The surfaces are virtually free from post-striking impairments, however. 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 under a light layer of golden-rose patina that covers each side. A special coin that has obviously been well cared for since issued. Population: 1 in 63, 3 finer (5/96). (NGC ID# 236E, PCGS# 4466)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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