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    Amazing Double Denomination Cent and Dime Mule
    Roosevelt Dime with 1995 Cent Obverse

    1995 10C Roosevelt Dime--Struck With Cent Obverse Die--MS64 NGC. An astounding mint error that prior to the 1990s was believed impossible to occur. Only the narrow difference in die diameter between the cent and dime makes it plausible that a busy mint worker could erroneously pair dies of different denominations. Most likely, a press run was made from this die pairing and detected by an inspector, possibly the operator of the mint press. Perhaps the entire batch was melted, aside from the present coin.
    This satiny near-Gem displays the characteristics expected of a dime struck with a cent obverse die. The obverse has only a partial rim. IN GOD WE TRUST and the L in LIBERTY are tight against the border. This is because the dime planchet was less in diameter than the cent die. On the dime side, the border displays minor softness of strike, principally on ES OF AM. This was partly due to the die alignment, but also because of metal flow of the planchet toward the collar to fill the unexpectedly wide cent obverse die. The strike on the cent is sharp except for minor incompleteness on the truncation of Lincoln's bust near the VDB initials.
    As is the case with the prior lot, also an important cent and dime mule, the dies are rotated approximately 15% from usual coin turn. One hopes that the buyer of the previous lot also purchases the present piece, since these two extremely rare cent and dime mules belong together.
    From The Alfred V. Melson Collection, Part One.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    6th-10th Wednesday-Sunday
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