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    1852-O Dime, Toned MS65
    Ex: Eliasberg, Extremely Elusive in Mint State

    1852-O 10C MS65 NGC. CAC. Fortin-101, R.4. Ex: Eliasberg. One obverse die was paired with two different reverse dies for the 1852-O dime; this piece represents the tall, thin mintmark reverse. As a date, this issue is remarkably rare in Mint State. Splashes of blue, violet, and green-gold accent each side, with beautifully preserved surfaces and semiprooflike fields. Some minor softness is noted on the obverse high points and the wreath bow, though Fortin suggests the latter is due more so to weak hubbing than soft striking.

    Variety: Fortin-101 from the shape and size of the mintmark, although some other die markers are absent.

    Population Data (5/14): NGC shows this MS65 with one finer. PCGS shows their finest to be four in MS64.

    Heritage Commentary: Silver coins of the 1850s were worth more as melted bullion than their face value, and the mintages mean little today as many were melted before the weight reduction of 1853 was signified by the Arrows coinage.

    Consignor Commentary: The Eliasberg coin. Another very difficult date in Mint State, rated R.6 by Gerry Fortin. The strike is decent but somewhat blunt. The toning is dark and even. No distractions or die cracks to mention. Just a nice solid Gem of a difficult date.

    Provenance: Richard B. Windsor Collection (Chapman Brothers, 12/1895), lot 714; M.A. Brown Collection (Chapman Brothers, 4/1897), lot 677; J.M. Clapp; Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 1145; purchased from Jason Carter (3/2003).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 238P, PCGS# 4598)

    Weight: 2.67 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

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    June, 2014
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