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1846 10C PR63 PCGS. The diagnostics for this rare early ...

2003 May St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Sale #318

 
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Auction Ended On: May 2, 2003
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Location: St. Louis, MO
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Proof 1846 Seated Liberty Dime Rarity, Certified by PCGS
1846 10C PR63 PCGS. The diagnostics for this rare early proof Seated Dime as reported by Walter Breen (1977, 1988) and Brian Greer (1992) are:

1. Shield point between tip and left upright of the 1 in the date.

2. Left edge of the base of the 1 in the date over the center of a denticle.

3. Pendant on Liberty's gown over left edge of the upright of the 4 in the date.

4. Date slopes down from left to right.

The present example also displays outlines to many of the obverse star points that suggest a powerful impression for these devices during preparation of the die.
In his 1988 Encyclopedia, Walter Breen estimates that 14-18 proof 1846 Dimes are extant from an unknown, although presumably limited original mintage. Writing in 1977, the author pedigrees seven examples, the penultimate one of which displays a "lintmark between 6th and 7th stars." The present example displays that feature, but we are not 100% certain that it is the coin Breen pedigrees to the Balboa bank set. There are also identifying obverse lintmarks (as struck) inside stars 2 and 3. Both sides are awash in rich olive-charcoal hues that yield to golden-apricot undertones as the surfaces dip into the light. Moderately bright at direct angles with no outwardly noticeable handling marks. (NGC ID# 23C2, PCGS# 4733)

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