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    1919-D Dime, MS66 Full Bands
    CAC Endorsed, A Condition Census Rarity

    1919-D 10C MS66 Full Bands PCGS Secure. CAC. Like the Walking Liberty half dollar of the same date and mint, the 1919-D Mercury dime is an unsuspecting condition rarity in the series, a major "stopper" for the average collector in Gem or better Full Bands grades. Its rarity in the top Full Bands levels seems to defy the nearly 10 million-coin mintage of the issue. Paul M. Green, in an "Item of the Week" column in the January 18, 2005 edition of Numismatic News wrote of this phenomenon:

    "It must be remembered that in MS-65 with full-split bands, the initial mintage of a Mercury dime is not a deciding factor. A large mintage does not hurt, but in MS65 with full-split bands, you need extremely well-struck coins that managed to survive in top grades and simple mintage figures cannot tell you that."



    The 1919-D Mercury dime was first and foremost a workhorse of commerce, and coins that were initially preserved for numismatic purposes were seldom selected for their quality of strike. It was not until later years that collectors became aware of the rarity of the 1919-D dime in Gem Full Bands. Today, only five examples of this issue are known in MS66 Full Bands, all PCGS-certified, with none finer (11/18). These include just two pieces that are endorsed by CAC, one of which is the magnificent coin offered here. The other CAC coin last appeared in the Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2012), lot 5072, where it changed hands for $138,000.

    This example is in all respects the equal of that coin, its proverbial twin and an essential acquisition for the Registry Set builder. We unhesitatingly declare this example to be one of the most appealing 1919-D dimes in the Condition Census. Sharpness on the central design elements extends all the way to the borders and around the periphery, complementing radiant mint luster and warm golden toning. One microscopic tick at the corner of Liberty's mouth is a barely perceptible pedigree marker that differentiates this piece from the other finest-graded 1919-D Mercury dimes. A stellar coin of unsurpassed quality. Population: 5 in 66 Full Bands, 0 finer. CAC: 2 in 66, 0 finer (11/18).
    Ex: Joshua II Collection / ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2010), lot 4498, which realized $115,000.
    From The Charles McNutt Collection. (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 23H9, PCGS# 4925)

    Weight: 2.49 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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