1820 10C JR-2 Small 0 MS64 Certification #35683628, PCGS #38782

Owner's Comments

JR-2, Rarity - 3. Nick named "Office Boy Reverse" due to its amateurish engraving errors on the reverse. Wonderful original toning desiring of a higher grade. CAC.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Normally, the 1820 JR-2 Dime would be a regular old, somewhat scarce, die variety.  However, because of some heavy and obvious recutting on the reverse, this variety has become known as the "Office Boy" reverse, presumably because only a low-level person could have made such amateurish mistakes.  Walter Breen described thsi reverse best in his 1988 Encyclopedia: "...part of another letter between D S; MS join at tops and feet; many letters repunched and irregularly spaced."  

This variety sometimes comes with streaky planchets cause by impurities in the metal alloy that stretched out as the raw ingots were pulled through a drawing bench to form the strips from which the blanks were punched.

Approximately a dozen Mint State 1820 JR-2 Dimes are known. The best examples include a pair of PCGS MS67 examples, one of which sold for a record price of $152,750 in 2014.

19.00 millimeters
John Reich
2.70 grams
Metal Content
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
The United States of America
Pop Higher
Pop Lower
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Liberty Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5561, $152,750

3 MS66 estimated grade

Goldbergs 1/2014:1054 (as NGC MS67), $38,775 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98219, $27,025

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2000:7242, not sold

5 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:8303, $4,600