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    1802 Dime, JR-4, MS61
    Perhaps 10 Mint State Survivors

    1802 10C JR-4, R.3, MS61 NGC. Uniform olive and slate-gray toning graces surfaces that show remarkably few major abrasions given the assigned numeric grade. As one would expect, there are small ticks scattered over each side, but none are particularly distracting. The peripheries are boldly impressed with notable detail on the stars, eagle's wingtips, and olive sprigs, though the central strike definition appears typically soft. Series specialists will regard this as an important opportunity to acquire one of just a handful of Uncirculated survivors.

    Variety: JR-4, R.3. This is the so-called "needle beak" variety, with the eagle's beak piercing the points of the closest star. Additionally, star 8 is positioned further from the Y in LIBERTY than on the other varieties for the date. JR-4 is easily the most often seen 1802 variety, but it is a premier rarity in Mint State.

    Population Data (9/15): For the year 1802, NGC reports four submitted in MS61 and two MS62 finer. PCGS notes one MS61 submission and four MS62 finer.

    Heritage Commentary: This reverse die was first used to strike the 1802 BD-2 quarter eagles, followed by the 1802 JR-4 dime. In 1804, the die was once again employed to manufacture BD-1 quarter eagles and JR-1 dimes. From a mintage of just 10,975 coins, the 1802 survives to the extent of perhaps 150 pieces, of which just 10 or so examples are extant in Mint State.

    Provenance: Purchased from David Lawrence Rare Coins (7/2000).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 236K, Variety PCGS# 38761, Base PCGS# 4472)

    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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    October, 2015
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