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    1918-S Dime, MS67 Full Bands
    One of the Two Finest Pieces Known
    A Glittering Registry Set Essential

    1918-S 10C MS67 Full Bands PCGS Secure. CAC. The 1918-S is among the rarest Mercury dimes in Superb Gem condition. PCGS and NGC combined rank just seven coins in MS67 and MS68, and just two of those are designated Full Bands -- both MS67 PCGS coins, and both CAC endorsed. An MS68 Full Bands NGC coin appeared at auction a couple of times more than 17 years ago, but it is no longer listed in the Census Report.

    The twin PCGS coins have a long history of being the finest pieces obtainable. This example last appeared at public auction in the Central States Signature (Heritage, 4-5/2009), lot 2278, where it realized more than $63,000 -- prior to being awarded a CAC green label. The other coin -- currently housed in the all-time finest PCGS Registry Set -- was last auctioned in the ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2010), lot 4496, where it garnered $97,750 with CAC endorsement. Mercury dime specialists -- especially Registry Set builders -- have been waiting nearly a decade for another chance to acquire one of the finest-known 1918-S Mercury dimes with Full Bands, both of which are now CAC approved.

    In The Complete Guide to Mercury Dimes (1993), David Lange wrote: "This date is notorious for being rare with full center bands. Like the 1918-D, the lower diagonal band is often flat, as well." This assessment of the 1918-S remains true today. The current piece is remarkably sharp throughout the central devices, including all horizontal and diagonal fasces bands. Weakness does appear along the extreme outer edge of the upper obverse and lower reverse border legends, but it is not immediately noticed. Original mint luster glistens like winter frost on each side, warmed by a blush of light golden toning. Even under a loupe, the surface preservation is exceptional. We look forward to placing this magnificent 1918-S dime with its next long-term curator, and just maybe, after nearly a decade, a new price record will be reached.
    Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2002), lot 5559; Baltimore Auction (Bowers and Merena, 11/2006), lot 868; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4-5/2009), lot 2278, which realized $63,250.
    From The Charles McNutt Collection. (Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23H7, PCGS# 4921)

    Weight: 2.49 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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