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The $1.99 million dime: 1894-S 10 cent piece sells in Heritage Auctions Tampa, Florida sale
Sold by Heritage Auctions, Jan. 7, 2016, at Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Tampa; famous coin makes only its fourth appearance at auction in history.


DALLAS, TX.- An 1894-S Barber Dime, Branch Mint PR66 PCGS CAC, the finest known, realized $1,997,500 at auction on Jan. 7, 2016 as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions' Platinum Night event at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Tampa, FL.

It was sold to an experienced collector, who placed their bid online and wishes to remain anonymous. The winning bidder was one of 16 different collectors vying for the piece.

"This was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to own one of the most famous, mysterious and elusive coins in American numismatics," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "It's a classic of American coinage often grouped with the 1804 dollar and the 1913 Liberty nickel as 'The Big Three' of U.S. coin rarities. It has been the stuff of collectors' dreams since attention was first brought to it in 1900."

Only 24 Barber dimes were struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1894, apparently in order to balance a bullion account. No more than nine — and possibly only eight — examples of the 1894-S are known to collectors today, with this coin being the finest survivor certified.

"We know that there are likely at least a couple more of these 1894-S dimes still in circulation," said Rohan. "Heritage Auctions is offering a reward to anyone who might have a previously unreported example of this coin. We'll pay $10,000 simply to be the first to examine and verify it is an authentic, previously unknown 1894-S dime."





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