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    1798/97 Dime, JR-2, MS62
    13 Stars Reverse, Rare in All Grades

    1798/97 10C 13 Stars Reverse, JR-2, R.6, MS62 PCGS. JR-2 is the rarest of the four 1798 dime varieties, comprising only a tiny percentage of the total population for the date. The generally accepted survival estimate is only about 20 to 30 coins in all grades, a figure that is proportionate to the certified population which lists 24 pieces. Mint State coins are extremely rare. PCGS has seen two other examples in MS62, as well as a sole MS63 representative; NGC has encapsulated just one Uncirculated coin, also an MS62 (8/16).

    This is the only use of this 13-star reverse die, but the second use of this obverse which was previously employed for JR-1, the more available overdate variety for this issue. The 8 in the date is small in relation to the other digits, and is punched over a large 7, the remnants of which are bold below and within the loops of the 8. This is the only overdate of the Draped Bust type and the feature is plain even to the unaided eye.

    The present piece is largely toned in deep olive-gray patina, with areas of deeper gunmetal-blue color also observed in the border recesses. The peripheral stars and denticles are sharply detailed, though the central regions are deficiently struck -- such central weakness is characteristic of virtually all known examples of this variety. Heavy clash marks are also noted on each side, and particularly noticeable is a sharp, incuse star in the obverse field before Liberty's throat, transferred from the reverse die. Such clash marks are also characteristic of this die pairing, and expected. An excellent opportunity for the advanced early dime specialist to acquire one of the rarest varieties in the Draped Bust type. (NGC ID# 236G, Variety PCGS# 38751, Base PCGS# 4469)

    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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