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    Near-Gem 1807 Dime, JR-1
    Last of the Draped Bust Issues

    1807 10C MS64 NGC. JR-1, R.2. Only a single die marriage is known that was used to produce all of the 1807 dimes, 165,000 of the last issue in the Draped Bust series. It is surprising that one die pairing could have produced so many examples, especially because the reverse die had already been used to strike quarter eagles dated 1805, 1806/4, 1806/5, and 1807. The dime book authors write that Mint officials, anticipating the change to the John Reich Capped Bust design, tried to make "this last available pair of draped bust heraldic eagle dies last as long as possible." Even if some 40,000 to 50,000 pieces from the first-quarter 1807 delivery may have been dated 1805, the dies were nonetheless employed to strike perhaps 110,000 to 120,000 examples of the 1807. The die deterioration is plain in the clash marks on the obverse and peripheral die wear on the reverse that are characteristic. The present near-Gem shows the usual heavy clash marks in the right obverse field, with strong underlying mint frost throughout both sides amid concentric rings of silver, gray-rose, and sea-green. The strike is irregular as noted, but the feathers on the eagle's breast are strong. Census: 19 in 64, 17 finer (11/11).(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 236T, PCGS# 4480)

    Weight: 2.70 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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