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    1889-S Dime, Beautifully Toned MS66
    One of the Five Finest Known
    Above-Average Strike

    1889-S 10C MS66 PCGS. Fortin-107. Soft golden-tan toning in the centers of this Premium Gem cede to hints of lavender around the inner borders before transitioning to electric-blue at the peripheries. The design elements are well-struck, including Liberty's head, which, although incompletely struck, shows more detail than typically seen on the issue. Lustrous surfaces are nicely preserved.

    Variety: Fortin-107, R.4, attributed by the closed 9 in the date and Small S mintmark that is positioned left and high. Greer gives Mint State coins an overall R.5 rarity rating.

    Population Data (7/14): Two Premium Gems, including the present coin, represent the finest at PCGS. The finest at NGC are three Premium Gems.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1889-S, from a mintage of less than 1 million pieces, is a fairly scarce issue through About Uncirculated. Mint State pieces are elusive trough MS64, and the date is very rare any finer.

    Consignor Commentary: One MS66 at NGC is the Lovejoy coin, another beauty, offered by Stack's in October 1990. Amazingly, the date was only offered at the Eliasberg sale in a collective lot (1241) of lesser-quality pieces.

    Provenance: Purchased from Paul Battaglia at Rare Coins of New Hampshire (8/2006).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 23BA, PCGS# 4703)

    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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    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    27th Monday
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