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    1874-CC Arrows Dime, MS63
    Key to the Seated Dime Series
    Ex: Buddy Ebsen-Eugene Gardner

    1874-CC 10C Arrows, F-101, R.4, MS63 PCGS. Ex: Ebsen. For many years, this coin was the sole finest-certified 1874-CC Arrows dime. When it appeared in Superior's sale of the Ebsen Collection (5-6/1987), it was considered to be the only Mint State example surviving. That catalog stated:


    "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. When we offered this piece in the Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II (Heritage, 10/2014), it still ranked as the sole finest certified for the issue -- the price realized? $152,750. Today, whether through remarkable discovery, successful upgrade attempts, or more lax grading standards, two more MS63 pieces are reported at PCGS, and an MS64 is now listed at NGC (9/21). The two new PCGS coins are plated on CoinFacts, dispelling the question of whether or not the submissions represent different coins: they do. However, as Rusty Goes notes in The Confident Carson City Coin Collector, the MS64 NGC coin's existence as a separate piece is unverified. In any event, none of these newly graded coins rival this piece's legacy as a preeminent example of the issue. Eugene Gardner once wrote concerning this piece, "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.'" Goe further reflects on just how much Gardner cherished this coin out of all of his other incredible rarities, and adds, "If and when it reemerges, it will surely generate much excitement."

    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.
    Ex: Buddy Ebsen Collection (Superior, 5-6/1987), lot 786; Pre-Long Beach Elite Coin Auction (Superior, 9/2003), lot 1490; Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II (Heritage, 10/2014), lot 98274.
    From The Prestwick Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 538347, Base PCGS# 4669)

    Weight: 2.49 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    The Confident Carson City Coin Collector
    by Rusty Goe

    The Carson City Mint’s celebrated legacy — replete with landmark achievements, setbacks, mysteries and tall tales — is covered in exacting detail in Goe’s three-volume set.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2021
    11th-14th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 24
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