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    1805 4 Berries Dime, JR-2, MS67 ★
    Incredible Luster and Preservation
    Tied for the Finest Known

    1805 10C 4 Berries, JR-2, R.2, MS67 ★ NGC. The beautifully toned and impeccably well-preserved surfaces of this stellar Superb Gem 1805 Four Berries dime captivate the eye in a way that few Draped Bust dimes can. Thick mint frost illuminates deep aquamarine and teal patina with smaller areas of violet and mint-gold. Scrutiny with a lens finds the surfaces completely devoid of perceptible contact, which allows the luster to cartwheel uninterrupted. The left-hand stars of both sides are a trifle soft, and the central high points show remnants of Mint-made roller marks, but the strike definition is actually above-average for the issue. A spectacular beauty, visually and technically unsurpassed.

    Variety: JR-2, R.2. Four berries reverse, rotated about 30 degrees clockwise, as usual. The obverse is cracked through ERTY, and both sides are lightly clashed. This is the more available of the two 1805 dime varieties, although neither is truly rare in the absolute sense. Nevertheless, JR-2 comprises most of the Mint State 1805 dimes known and therefore is the variety of choice for type collectors.

    Population Data (4/15): NGC records four JR-2 examples in MS67 (two MS67 ★ ) and none finer. The finest at PCGS are three MS67. The current example is tied for the finest known.

    Heritage Commentary: This is only the second MS67 1805 dime we have offered in the past two decades. The other coin, also a Four Berries, MS67 PCGS, appeared as lot 5560 in our August 2014 FUN Signature and drew incredible demand, realizing $188,000. The present piece is every bit as important as that example, and in some respects superior. Draped Bust type coins of this caliber are offered so seldom that an opportunity such as this should not be passed up.

    Provenance: Pre-Long Beach (Ira & Larry Goldberg, 2/2008), lot 1986. (NGC ID# 236S, Variety PCGS# 38769, Base PCGS# 4477)

    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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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
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