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    1805 Draped Bust Dime, JR-2, MS67
    Among the Finest Certified
    Superb Type Coin

    1805 10C 4 Berries, JR-2, R.2, MS67 PCGS Secure. CAC. Of the two 1805 Draped Bust dime varieties, JR-2 is by far the most plentiful, and is frequently encountered in type specialists' cabinets. The obverse die employed for this variety was first used to strike the earlier JR-1 variety, and is seen here in its second and final use; the reverse, here in its only use, is commonly differentiated from that of JR-1 by the presence of four berries on the olive branch instead of five, but it also exhibits an older style of lettering that features noticeably narrower A's than are seen on JR-1, with a distinctly different star arrangement, similar to that seen on the early 1798 varieties. It is possible, therefore, that this reverse die was actually prepared prior to 1801 and laid unused until employed for JR-2 in 1805.

    As a date, the 1805 dime is arguably the most available issue in the Draped Bust series, rivaled only by the frequently encountered 1807. Mint records report a production total of 120,780 dimes in 1805, with 67,540 pieces delivered in the third quarter of the year and the other 53,240 coins produced in the fourth quarter. This figure, however, reflects only the number of coins struck during the calendar year, and offers no guarantee that all those coins were actually dated 1805. The authors of Early United States Dimes 1796 - 1837 note:

    "... about 8,000 to 9,000 dimes dated 1804 may have been delivered in the third quarter of 1805, [and] it is equally possible that the actual mintage of dimes dated 1805 includes a large portion of the 80,000 dimes delivered in the first quarter of 1807."

    If accurate, this would partially explain the 1805 being more available than the 1807, despite having the lower reported mintage figure.

    The 1805 representative here offered is truly a marvel to behold, as it is among the finest known, not only of the date and variety, but of the Draped Bust type in general. Radiant, original mint luster illuminates seemingly undisturbed surfaces on each side, accented by a faint touch of bluish-gray toning. Some minor softness is seen on the left-hand reverse stars and the right portion of the shield, though the borders are stronger than usually seen, with nearly complete dentils. The obverse is in its typical die state for this variety, with a thin die crack through the ERTY of LIBERTY and light clash marks visible along the top of the date and below Liberty's chin. The reverse is free of cracks, though faint clash marks are noted in the central fields. Struck from mildly rotated dies, as usually seen, this is a truly Superb example of this popular early type. Population: 3 in 67, 0 finer (6/14).
    From The Collection of Oliver Jung. (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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