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    1861-S Dime, Elusive MS66
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    1861-S 10C MS66 NGC. CAC. Fortin-102, High R.4. Brilliant luster complements light pinkish and gold patina on each side of this well-struck Premium Gem, at a minimum tied for finest graded of the issue.

    Variety: Fortin-102, High R.4, with the appropriate die clashes in the left obverse field and again on the reverse on the inside of the left wreath. Slightly less rare than the unclashed Fortin-101 variety.

    Population Data (5/14): Both NGC and PCGS show one MS66 each with none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1861-S was struck on the eve of the Civil War, but the hostilities of the North versus South were thousands of miles away from the West Coast, which continued its hard-money tradition from decades previous. Most examples of this issue circulated to average VF35 to XF40.

    Consignor Commentary: Prohibitively rare in Gem (High R.7) with only three coins graded higher than MS63 in total at both services. Indeed this is the only coin at NGC graded above MS62. From the comments in the literature a stronger strike than would be expected, both on Liberty's head and the denticles throughout. Quite an appealing coin, brilliant with good luster.

    Provenance: Superior (1/2003), lot 441.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 239G, PCGS# 4634)

    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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