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    1863 Dime, Conditionally Rare MS66
    Semikey Series Date

    1863 10C MS66 PCGS. CAC. Fortin-101a. The lustrous, medium-intensity gray surfaces of this stunning Premium Gem display hints of lavender, and strong definition characterizes the design elements, though minor softness occurs on the bowknot. The nicely preserved surfaces further contribute to the pleasing eye appeal. Certified in a green-label holder.

    Variety: Fortin-101a, High R.5. Small die defects show at the bottom of the E in DIME and the top-right side of the O in ONE. Business strikes were struck from the same die pair as used for proofs.

    Population Data: The finest at PCGS are four MS66 (one MS66+). NGC reports 10 in MS66 and one MS67 finer.

    Heritage Commentary: From a mintage of just 14,000 pieces, the 1863 is a difficult coin to locate in all grades, and consequently is a semikey in the series. Gem and finer coins are conditionally rare.

    Consignor Commentary: There has not been much to say about this date in the literature except to note how rare it is. With only 14,000 total strikes, there is almost no variation to distinguish survivors. This coin is a prime example with no marks, blemishes or die cracks marring its surfaces. And while there are no individual characteristics to comment on, suffice it to say the coin's even, natural toning gives it strong eye appeal.

    Provenance: American Numismatic Rarities (12/2003), lot 618. (Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 239K, PCGS# 4637)

    Weight: 2.49 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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

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    May, 2015
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