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    1821 JR-9 Dime, PR66
    The Finest Proof 1821 Dime

    1821 10C JR-9, R.7 as a Proof, PR66 PCGS. CAC. Two 1821 dime varieties, the JR-7 Large Date and the JR-9 Small Date, have been described as proofs in past literature. Walter Breen reported proofs of both varieties, while the authors of Early United States Dimes 1796-1837, reported proofs of just the JR-9. Today, it seems that the limited population of seven proofs include both varieties, as noted in our roster below.

    The famous Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection included an 1821 JR-7 Large Date dime that was graded MS64 Prooflike, and reappeared in the Bowers and Merena sale of August 1999 as PR62 NGC. The same collection had an example of the present variety, JR-9, that was graded PR66 and later certified as PR65 PCGS. Another example appeared in the 1980 sale of the Garrett Collection. The present piece is graded PR66 PCGS, and is certainly the finest existing 1821 proof dime from a limited population. The Floyd T. Starr Collection had two examples described as proofs. Our roster includes the following:

    1. PR66 PCGS. JR-9. Empire Sale (Stack's, 11/1957), lot 750; Floyd T. Starr (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 352. The present piece.
    2. PR65 PCGS. JR-9. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 1068; Bowers and Merena (4/2005), lot 399.
    3. PR65 NGC. JR-7. Turtle Rock Collection (Superior, 2/2008), lot 489.
    4. Choice Proof. JR-9. Harold P. Newlin; T. Harrison Garrett; Garrett Collection; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1980), lot 1585.
    5. Choice Proof. JR-9. Bowers and Ruddy (privately, 2/1976); Stack's (privately, 7/1984); Allen F. Lovejoy (Stack's, 10/1990), lot 59; Stack's (10/1997), lot 451.
    6. Choice Proof. JR-7. Barney Bluestone (6/25/1946); Floyd T. Starr (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 351.
    7. PR62 NGC. JR-7. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 1067; Long Beach Connoisseur Collection (Bowers and Merena, 8/1999), lot 90.


    The Premium Gem offered here is exquisite, with fully mirrored fields and sharply detailed, lustrous devices that impart slight contrast. The pristine champagne surfaces have deeper gold and iridescent splashes on both sides. Both sides exhibit crisp junctions between the fields and devices. An exceptional example for the connoisseur of our early silver coinage. (NGC ID# 237J, PCGS# 4539)

    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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