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    1801 JR-1 Dime, MS65
    Sole-Finest Certified by Two Points
    The Norweb-Gardner Coin

    1801 10C JR-1, R.4, MS65 NGC. CAC. The 1801 Draped Bust dime claims a mintage of 34,640 pieces, with two die varieties known for the date. This coin represents the JR-1 variety, with a spine showing from the tip of the curl to the E in LIBERTY on the obverse and star 12 touching both the upper and lower beak on the reverse. The obverse die was used again to strike the slightly scarcer JR-2 variety of this date, while the reverse was used previously to produce the JR-2 variety of 1800.

    The sole-finest certified 1801 dime, this NGC-graded Gem JR-1 is the finest at NGC and PCGS by two grade points (1/20). Deep golden, amber, and blue patina on each side complements well-preserved surfaces that show minimal marks. The strike is adequate overall but soft in the center reverse -- a given on this type -- and die rust appears near the L, R, and T of LIBERTY and before the throat. Die rust also appears extensively scattered throughout the reverse. The 1801 date is overall the lowest-graded of the 1800-1804 dimes; as the dime book authors write, "this is possibly because of undergrading due to poor die condition." This coin, from the celebrated Norweb and Gardner collections, is nonetheless spectacularly well-preserved in terms of its post-Mint condition. As the finest certified 1801 dime by a wide margin, this piece poses a spectacular bidding opportunity for Bust dime specialists. Census: 1 in 65, 0 finer (1/20).
    Ex: Private purchase from New Netherlands Coin Co. (4/22/1953); Emery May Holden Norweb and R. Henry Norweb; Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987), lot 399; Boys Town (Bowers and Merena, 3/1988), lot 525; ANA Sale of the Millennium (Bowers and Merena, 8/2000). lot 1062; Eugene Gardner, Gardner Collection, Part II (Heritage, 10/2014), lot 98225, realized $111,625.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 236J, Variety PCGS# 38756, Base PCGS# 4471)

    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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