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    1805 4 Berries Dime, JR-2, MS66
    One of the Finest Known

    1805 10C 4 Berries MS66 PCGS. JR-2, R.2. The majority of 1805 dimes are from the JR-2 die pair, with four olives in the branch on the reverse. The only other variety has five olives, or berries as they are usually called. The 1805 JR-2 dime is the second most common Draped Bust variety behind the 1807, and both coins are ideal for type collectors who want a single example of the design.

    While an accurate census of Mint State pieces is unavailable, only a few could possibly exceed this piece for its quality. PCGS reports grading four in MS66 and just three finer pieces, although we doubt that the three finer examples represent more than one or two coins.

    Before this coin was struck, the planchet strip was rolled and drawn to the proper thickness, and evidence of those operations remains in the form of roller marks, thin parallel grooves that are visible across part of the design elements on each side. These are distinguished from adjustment marks since they are all oriented in exactly the same direction on both sides, and they are of consistent depth. Rolling marks are normally struck out, although slight weakness in strike will allow them to remain. They are under no circumstance considered damage to the coin. Rather, roller marks represent an integral part of the minting process and only add to the importance and desirability of the coin. Both sides have soft, frosty silver luster and brilliant, untoned surfaces. This amazing piece is destined for a top quality date or type collection.
    Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4-5/2009), lot 2222; Dallas Signature (Heritage, 10/2009), lot 346; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4-5/2010), lot 2052.
    From The Jim O'Neal Collection of U.S. Type, Part One.(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 236S, 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.

    View all of [The Jim O'Neal Collection of U.S. Type, Part One ]

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