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1920-S 10C MS67 Full Bands PCGS. CAC....

2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia #1173

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Auction Ended On: Aug 3, 2012
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Location: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


1920-S Mercury Dime, MS67 Full Bands
Tied for Finest Certified
1920-S 10C MS67 Full Bands PCGS. CAC. More challenging than its original mintage of 13.8 million pieces would suggest, the 1920-S Mercury dime is a prime condition rarity. In his catalog of the John Jay Pittman Collection Part I (Akers, 10/1997), lot 741, David Akers remarked:

"In Gem condition, the 1920-S is one of the premier rarities of the Mercury Dime series. It is clearly more rare in Gem than the heralded 1916-D, 1921, and 1921-D, and is surpassed in rarity only by the two overdates of 1942."

Heritage was privileged to handle one of the two other examples of this date that have been certified as MS67 Full Bands, the Kritzman specimen, in the FUN Sale (Heritage, 1/2002), lot 6627. Mr. Kritzman was a longtime collector and Mercury dime specialist. His evaluation of the 1920-S was the "toughest condition and strike rarity of the Mercury Dime series." Kritzman further stated, "Only a true full strike 1918-D in MS67, 100% FSB, should one ever be certified as such, would be considered of equal rarity to this 1920-S."
The coin offered here is a virtually unimprovable specimen. The strike is exemplary, with full central detail and all bands on the fasces clearly delineated. Unlike most examples seen of this issue, the final digit of the date does not "fade away" into the rim. The pristine surfaces are suffused with satiny mint luster under iridescent shades of lilac and gold toning. The attractive toning is stronger on the reverse. The overall visual appeal is breathtaking. NGC has not graded any coins in MS67 Full Bands, or finer, while PCGS has certified only three examples at this level, with none finer (6/12).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 23HD, PCGS# 4933)

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