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    1909-O/Inverted D Dime

    1909-O/Inverted D 10C Fine 12 Cleaned. Breen-3571. Lawrence-101. A fascinating overmintmark and the first such coin we have seen. Listed by Breen in his 1988 Encyclopedia as "very rare." David Lawrence merely states, "Scarcity of the RPM is unknown." The first time this variety was offered for sale was in Paramount's 1972 ANA sale, where a VF brought $120. The same piece sold several years ago for $125, plus the 10% buyer's premium. To further underscore the rarity of this overmintmark, we placed a call to Phil Carrigan, president of the Barber Coin Collector's Society. Phil was unaware of the value of this variety, but was most enthusiastic upon hearing this piece would definitely be placed in the ANA Sale.
    The coin is a rather nondescript Fine 12 Barber dime; light in color, almost washed out in appearance. However, close examination of the mintmark reveals a straight edge from the first mintmark on the inside of the O. A gentle curve is seen in the field to the left of the final punch. Nothing else fits--it has to be an O punched over an inverted D. Why an inverted D, we will probably never know. Perhaps the Denver mint considered this die to be little more than scrap, but then someone figured shipping it to New Orleans would be a way to salvage it and get some use from it. A very interesting coin and one that will surely see much bidding competition from both Barber collectors and those interested in mispunched coins. Accompanied by an ANAAB certificate of authenticity. (NGC ID# 23FD, PCGS# 4852)

    Weight: 2.49 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 1999
    11th-13th Wednesday-Friday
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