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    1874-CC Arrows Dime, MS63
    Key to the Seated Dime Series, Sole Finest Known
    Ex: Buddy Ebsen Collection

    1874-CC 10C Arrows MS63 PCGS. Fortin-101. Ex: Ebsen. The lustrous surfaces are mostly pinkish to lilac on the obverse, with lavender and bluish-gray patina appearing on the reverse. As expected for such a low-mintage issue, struck to the extent of 10,817 pieces, the surfaces are fairly prooflike on each side. Some small reeding marks below Liberty's pole are the only mentionable signs of contact, well within the grade context of this remarkable (and remarkably well-struck) coin.

    Variety: Fortin-101. High level date, broken S, small CC. Only a single die pair known. Some 1872-CC dimes, and all 1873-CC and 1874-CC, show an arcing die crack that begins below the left (facing) side of the bow ribbon, rising through the mintmark, and touching the right underside of the right ribbon.

    Population Data (7/14): PCGS shows two MS62 and one MS63, the present coin, sole finest at that service. NGC shows only a single MS62 example.

    Heritage Commentary: This example was cataloged as lot 786 in the Ebsen Collection catalog (Superior, 5-6/1987):

    FINEST KNOWN 1874-CC DIME


    "An absolutely awesome coin and in this grade, a legendary rarity. Mostly well struck, some slight weakness in Liberty's hair but the surfaces are ablaze with frosty mint lustre and are fully prooflike. Delicately toned with faded light violet. This is a high Rarity-7 with less than a dozen known specimens in all grades. Not only is this coin Choice Brilliant Uncirculated but to the best of our knowledge, this is the only Mint State example known to exist. This is the lowest minted Carson City Dime, only 10,817 were struck. Unpriced in the Guide Book, with the Extremely Fine 40 grade listed at $3250. We expect some spirited bidding among Dime and Carson City enthusiasts and would not be surprised if this important Dime reached well into the five figures. ($15,000-UP)"



    The lot brought $26,400, a runaway record for the issue at that time. It is impossible to overstate the importance of this coin to Seated dime specialists. As the sole finest-certified example of the key series date (save for the uncollectible 1873-CC No Arrows), the Gardner Collection coin should very well see runaway bidding again before the gavel falls.

    Consignor Commentary: I just do not know enough superlatives to do justice to the description of this coin. Perhaps the Superior catalog from which it was purchased summed it up best with just a few words, "a legendary rarity." Only four Mint State coins have been graded, and this coin from the Ebsen Collection at MS63 is the finest. There are three other MS62s ranked right behind it. The 1874-CC is ranked High R.7 by Fortin and Greer in Mint State. Fortin terms it the "key date to the series." All this is bundled together along with remarkable toning, a reflective, prooflike surface, excellent strike, and a strong provenance. Enough said. I could continue to rhapsodize forever and still not fully express my feelings about this coin.

    Provenance: Buddy Ebsen Collection (Superior, 5-6/1987), lot 786; Pre-Long Beach Elite Coin Auction (Superior, 9/2003), lot 1490.(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23BL, PCGS# 4669)

    Weight: 2.49 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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