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    1800 JR-2 Dime, MS66+
    Sole Finest Example for the Year
    Ex: Menjou-Bareford-Lovejoy-Gardner

    1800 10C JR-2, R.5, MS66+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The five authors of Early United States Dimes, 1796-1837 make the interesting point that "Dimes dated 1800 are much scarcer than is generally realized. In fact, as a date, its frequency of appearance at public auction has been less than any date of the 1796-1837 period, except 1804." Winston Zack, Louis Scuderi, and Michael Sherrill estimate that only 150 to 250 1800 dimes survive in all. With 21,760 pieces reportedly struck, that equates to a survival rate of 0.7% to 1.1%. These coins clearly served their purpose in the channels of early American commerce.
    Only one obverse die was shared between two different reverses to strike the 1800-dated dimes, JR-1 and JR-2, with the latter rare and the former very scarce. This is an example of the JR-2 die variety -- the rarer of the two varieties known for the year. On the reverse, the eagle bites down on star 13 -- the sole diagnostic needed. The A's are wider than on the JR-1. A wispy die crack proceeds from the lower drapery through the last 0 in the date to the rim, diagnostic of the later die state. A small lump of metal appears as a dotlike blob between the 1 and 8 in the date. A small rust pit shows between the hair ribbon and star 4.

    A handful of high-grade 1800 dimes hold positions on the Condition Census, but none exceed the quality of this Premium Gem, which occupies the sole finest spot on the list of graded examples. It is followed by the Pogue coin in MS65, a couple of coins in MS64, and an MS63+ at PCGS. NGC reports two Gems followed by an MS63, and MS61 and an MS60 (10/20). This coin is hands-down the single finest 1800 dime available to collectors, and it carries the impressive Menjou-Bareford-Lovejoy-Gardner-Pogue pedigree.

    Lovely russet-lilac, amber-copper, and silver-tan areas alternate throughout both sides. There are few marks, and certainly none worthy of singular notice. A tiny dark flecks on the eagle's right (facing) wing serves as a pedigree marker.
    Ex: Adolphe Menjou Collection (Stack's, 6/1950), lot 12; Harold Bareford Collection (Stack's, 10/1981), lot 142; Allen F. Lovejoy Collection (Stack's, 10/1990), lot 15; Albert W. Savage Collection (Stack's, 10/1997), lot 444: Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part I (Heritage, 6/2014), lot 30231.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 236H, Variety PCGS# 38755, Base PCGS# 4470)

    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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