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    Popular PR68 1968 No S Dime
    Tied for Finest at PCGS

    1968 10C No S PR68 PCGS. The first No S proof dime issue occurred in 1968, resulting from an incomplete die that had the mintmark left off. Since proofs were always produced in Philadelphia before 1964, and none were minted in 1965-1967, the 1968 issue was the first date in which this error could possibly happen. The Philadelphia Mint was historically responsible for producing all coinage dies, including adding the mintmarks, which were then shipped to the branch mints for coinage. It is easy to understand how one S-less die could slip through the net in the first year of proof production after the hiatus. The error was repeated in three later years (1970, 1975, and 1983), with the 1968 issue the second rarest of the dates. The Philadelphia Mint's 200-year monopoly on die production finally ended in 1996, when the Denver Mint opened its own die shop.
    Reports of the S-less dime were first published in Coin World on June 28, 1968, causing much excitement in the numismatic community. The variety is mentioned, but not individually listed, in the 2010 Guide Book. The Guide Book does list the complete 1968 proof set with the No S dime. The number of No S dimes minted is unknown but presumed to be extremely small. Walter Breen estimated a population of only six examples known in 1988, but population data from the grading services indicates a larger number of survivors. Perhaps 15-25 examples in all proof grades is a more accurate estimate.
    This is a PR68 specimen from the variety that started the sequence, carefully preserved and minimally toned with potent mirrors. Both sides are mildly contrasted with a touch of frost visible on the devices, though not enough for a Cameo designation. Among coins not graded as Cameo or Deep Cameo, this piece is tied with four others for finest certified by PCGS (11/09).(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 27F3, PCGS# 5245)

    Weight: 2.27 grams

    Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel (Over Copper Center)


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

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