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    Well Struck 1801 Dime
    MS61, JR-1

    1801 10C MS61 NGC. JR-1, R.4. The JR-1 is the more frequently encountered of the two varieties from this year, constituting approximately two-thirds of the coins known. Attributed by the following: a spine from the tip of the curl to the E in LIBERTY, the R of that word is recut, star 12 on the reverse touches both beaks and almost touches the motto ribbon, arrow tips extend to center of left upright of N in UNITED, and the branch has five small berries, three of which are outer.
    David Davis, et al. write in their Early United States Dimes reference that this variety is of the highest rarity in MS60 (not more than two known); VF30 or better specimens are scarce; and lower grades are readily available.
    NGC and PCGS have certified approximately 75 1801 dimes (both varieties) in all levels of preservation, mostly in VF25 and below. The two services have graded eight Mint State coins.
    This MS61 example displays considerable luster, especially the obverse. A well executed strike imparts strong definition to the design elements, including most of Liberty's hair and drapery, the eagle's wing and tail feathers, and clouds. The eagle's breast and neck reveal the usual softness. Mauve, gray, and blue fields accentuate the silvery devices, slightly more so on the obverse. A hair-thin mark on Libertys's portrait limits the grade. Scattered as-made die rust pimples do not detract. Census: 3 in 61, 3 finer (11/08).(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 236J, PCGS# 4471)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    January, 2009
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