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    1805 Dime, Concentrically Toned MS62
    5 Berries, JR-1, Elusive in Mint State

    1805 10C 5 Berries, JR-1, R.3, MS62 PCGS. Pastel patina on the obverse includes pearl-gray in the centers with concentric olive, fuchsia, violet, and ice-blue moving toward the rims, accompanied by tinges of orange and amber. The reverse toning is more demure, intermingled aqua, walnut, and gray. One thin scrape appears through the lower bust, and the central strike is a bit on the soft side. The eye appeal is top-notch.

    Variety: JR-1, R.3. Only two varieties exist for the year, the 5 Berries JR-1 and the 4 Berries JR-2. The two reverses share a common obverse. The 5 Berries is about twice as rare overall as the 4 Berries, but it is nonetheless only scarce.

    Population Data (3/15): In all Mint State grades PCGS reports one MS61, three MS62 including this example, and one MS64 finer. NGC shows two MS61, five MS62, and three MS64, along with one MS64 Prooflike, but we suspect duplications and crossovers are at play.

    Heritage Commentary: While the 5 Berries is only R.3 or scarce overall, in Mint State it is far more elusive. It has been nearly seven years since we offered an example of the 5 Berries finer than the present example.

    Provenance: Purchased from Harry Laibstain (3/2013).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 236R, Variety PCGS# 38768, Base PCGS# 4478)

    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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    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
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