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    1802 JR-4 Dime, MS62
    Full Prooflike Surfaces
    The Pittman Condition Census Coin

    1802 10C JR-4, R.4, MS62 PCGS. CAC. Brilliant ivory surfaces and bold details appear on both sides of this exceptional Mint State 1802 dime. The only design weakness is at the center, the result of adjustment marks on the obverse. The fields are fully reflective and mirrored, with only a few trivial hairlines and scattered marks that limit the grade.

    Variety: JR-4 is the most plentiful variety of 1802, although still very scarce; about 150 examples exist in all grades. This variety is the only die pairing that exists in Mint State grades (aside from a single JR-2), yet less than half a dozen Mint State JR-4 dimes are known.

    Population Data (3/15): PCGS shows one each in MS60 and MS61 alongside four 1802 dimes in MS62. NGC has graded four in MS61 and two in MS62. The combined census of MS60, MS61 (five), and MS62 (six) undoubtedly includes several resubmissions or crossovers.

    Heritage Commentary: Overweight planchets were adjusted to bring them back to the official standard weight through judicious filing on one or both surfaces. That process actually thinned the planchet minutely, leaving less metal to fill the design recesses of the dies. For that reason, strike weakness invariably appears with those adjustment marks, and that is one method of differentiating between those mint-made file marks and post-mint scratches.

    Provenance: Numismatic Gallery (privately, 12/4/1947); John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 539; later, Bowers and Merena (9/2002), lot 193. (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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