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Lot 1177
  The Pittman 1797 Dime. NGC graded MS-66. An old saw perhaps, but it bears restating that JJP never bought junk, although he collected mostly in an era when collectors cared little for extra quality when it cost more. He also was famous for his "eye," and this coin, like many others of his, shows what a good eye he really had. Unlike most 1797 dimes, indeed most silver of this period, his 1797 had no adjustments marring its designs, had no problems with lack of detail, and wasn't "messed with." Thus it boasts really nice originality atop design elements that lack nothing in their details. Even the denticles are well defined. The obverse color is an oldtime, "set" gray with delicate amber highlights. While the obverse is a tad mottled, the reverse comes across as a miniature work of art. Standing upon its cloud, the eagle seems to peer at you, its nostril flaring, its eye piercing, and its talons grabbing at the illusion of firm ground. The original toning here is a delightful pale golden gray, with hues of lavender, all "backlit" with luster that seems a sun trying to emerge from a gloomy day. Because of this, the symbolism of the design seems even more intense than usual--that of a struggling yet fierce new nation seeking freedom and to emerge from its dark past. In a word, quite a coin, this JJP 1797 dime! Population: NGC has graded just this one piece MS66, and no others above MS64. PCGS shows a single MS66 of this variety, and no others above MS61 of the 16-stars variety.
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Lot 1178
  1821. Sharpness of AU-55 but edge apparently damaged. Small Date. JR-9, Rarity-2. From the J.J. Pittman Collection sale (October 1997, Lot 551), where it was described thus: "Choice Almost Uncirculated … sharply struck and well centered with beautiful multicolored russet, greenish-gold and blue toning." All true. However, evidently the cataloguer missed what seems to be a repair on the edge below the date area. It's possible that this occurred at the mint, that it was caused by a faulty collar, but the rim also appears slightly trimmed. The toning at this area is so ancient that it's difficult to tell for sure. Examine it yourself, and bid accordingly. The surface images are beautiful nonetheless.
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$368
Lot 1179
  1821. NGC graded AU-55. Small Date. JR 8, Rarity-2. Deeply toned and with blues and golds around the periphery. Well struck from the usual die state with heavy obverse swelling from stars one through three. A common variety in tip-top condition. The upper portion of Liberty's hair shows hardly any wear, and similarly the reverse shows wear atop the eagle's feathers only.
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Lot 1180
  1840 and 1845-0. VG-8. A scarce pair including the 1840 With Drapery in VG8 with an old scratch and the 1845-O in F12. Lot of 2 coins.
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$63
Lot 1181
  1851-O. AU-55. Untoned, and probably dipped in the recent past. However, this is a scarce date in high grades and is seldom found in any high grade. The devices are all sharply struck and the rims and fields reflect only the usual light circulation marks. An important opportunity for the Seated Dime specialist.
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Lot 1182
  1853 Arrows, 1861, 1870, 1872, 1877, 1883. All grading from Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated. Some are toned, others lustrous and bright. Lot of 6 coins.
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$299
Lot 1183
  1871-S. AU-55. Cleaned and retoned, with the resulting hairlines visible on the reverse, less so on the obverse. Starting to retone with golden highlights around the obverse periphery and the coin still retains some luster.
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Lot 1184
  1873 Closed 3. No Arrows. PCGS graded Proof 63. Bright and well struck. Probably cleaned recently, with resulting hairlines in the fields. Only 1,100 struck before the arrows were added.
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$242
Lot 1185
  1873 Closed 3. No Arrows. PCGS graded Proof 62. Mostly untoned, but with the ever-present hairlines atop the delicate Proof fields.
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Lot 1186
  1873 Open 3, 1873 Closed 3. Both graded AU50. No Arrows by the dates. Lot of 2 coins.
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$196
Lot 1187
  1874 Arrows. NGC graded MS-63. Light blue toning around the obverse and reverse, the fields lustrous. A popular two-year type coin.
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Lot 1188
  1876 AU-58, 1884 AU-50, 1891 AU-55, 1891 AU-50. Luster on each, mostly untoned. Lot of 4 coins.
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$184
Lot 1189
  1877 and 1891-S. The 1877 has a mushy obverse strike but both are Mint State 60. Lot of 2 coins.
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$173
Lot 1190
  1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1891. All Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated and each exhibits some toning. Lot of 5 coins.
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$196
Lot 1191
  1887-S. MS-60. Lightly toned with a golden haze and with a few hairlines in the fields. Well struck for the issue.
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Lot 1192
  1889. NGC graded MS-66. A beauty! Bright orange-gold and light blue iridescent toning shimmers at the edges, obverse and reverse, centering to brilliance. Sharp details from a good, solid strike. Polulation: 23 given this grade, with 5 better--but they could not have much more eye appeal.
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Lot 1193
  1892 and 1903-O. There are two 1892s and a 1903-O, grading Very Fine to About Uncirculated. The 1903-O has some minor rim marks on the obverse. Lot of 3 coins.
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$92
Lot 1194
  1893/2 overdate. NGC graded MS-66. Only one graded MS66 by NGC. PCGS has graded three. None higher by either service. While obviously here is a superb coin which is hard to equal, this piece is also graced by unusual eye appeal: deep reddish gold iridescent toning with a bright gray base color overlays cartwheel luster. Study this coin carefully and you will also discover that the strike is superlative--fully detailed in every way. A great overdate and a great Barber dime!
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Lot 1195
  1893-S. ANACS graded MS-64. Boldly doubled mintmark S. An old album slide mark on the face, otherwise clean and bright with pale gold toning on the obverse. Variety collectors, check this one closely!
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$920
Lot 1196
  1895-S. VF-20. A scarce date in this state of preservation. From an old collection that recently turned up, having been taken directly from circulation shortly after the time of issue.
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$109
Lot 1197
  1898. NGC graded MS-64. Frosty and choice, nearly a gem. Lightly toned on both sides.
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Lot 1198
  1898. PCGS graded MS-63. Subdued luster and lightly toned.
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$81
Lot 1199
  1900. PCGS graded Proof 68. This is the Finest Graded Proof by PCGS of this date. It is also the only Proof 68 graded by that service. NGC has graded 5 this high, with none higher. Somber gray toning on the obverse, with fiery orange gold at the centers. The reverse has a blaze of yellow on the lower right side and lilac colors above. Nearly perfect in its preservation, with abundant original color. This one needs to be reholdered, as there are several short dark hairs inside the plastic holder visible along the reverse rim. Quality control must be slipping a bit down in Newport Beach.
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$6,900
Lot 1200
  1903-O. AU-50. Untoned and frosty, well struck for this Mint. Scarce.
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$69
Lot 1201
  1906-O. NGC graded MS-67. Here's a branch-mint Barber near the top of the Pop reports. NGC has given the MS67 designation to just 4 of these, with one MS68 out there somewhere. PCGS has found 3 to grade MS67, and none better. The deep toning on the obverse is a bit mottled here, with splashes of bright blue surrounding silvery gray and gold centers. The reverse has a superb appearance: bright blue iridescence on the periphery softening to silvery gold brilliance in the center. The strike is bold all over, and the New Orleans mintmark sharp.
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Lot 1202
  1908 to 1916. A nice little group of Barber Dimes as follows: 1908, 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1916, all About Uncirculated. Lot of 5 coins.
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$184
Lot 1203
  Gem 1908-D PCGS graded Mint State 67. PCGS graded MS-67. Here is a sparkling jewel of a coin! A delicate haze of light green toning on both sides, heavier on the obverse. Boldly struck; with full details on Liberty and the reverse wreath. One of only 7 so graded by PCGS, with none graded higher. An opportunity to own the very best of this date.
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Lot 1204
  1909, 1910, 1912-D and 1914. A small group of Barber Dimes, each grading About Uncirculated to Uncirculated. The last is especially nice. Lot of 4 coins.
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$276
Lot 1205
  One of the 3 Finest Known 1910-S Dimes. NGC graded MS-67. This is the Finest graded by NGC, and the only one in MS 67; PCGS has graded 2 this high, also with none graded higher. The toning on this coin is simply beautiful, the rims are toned russet to blue, with the centers a fiery rose-gold hue. Identical and perfectly matched color on the reverse. Not only is this tied for the Finest graded, but it is also a scarce, low mintage date. One for the specialist who demands the very finest indeed.
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Lot 1206
  1916. MS-60. Mercury. The second coin in this lot is also a 1916 and grades About Uncirculated 55. The Mint State coin is frosty and lustrous, the slightly circulated coin is toned. Lot of 2 coins.
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$28
Lot 1207
  1916-D. MS-65 Full Bands. The key date to the Mercury Dime series in fully struck gem condition. A glass fails to locate the usual signs of contact; the fields, devices and rims are all clean and undiminished. The obverse has an original golden to brown tone, while the reverse remains untoned. Satiny luster abounds. Boldly struck throughout, with the central bands showing full separation. Only 264,000 were struck, some of which were saved, but most entered circulation in late 1916. One of the Denver Mint's most sought-after rarities.
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Lot 1208
  1916-D. PCGS graded AU-50. Big fat mintmark in the classic position. Nearly full bands, too. Dirty silver look with a decent amount of luster remaining. Really nice rims and reverse, while the "winged Liberty head" has little abrasions. Obviously original and just as it was fetched from change, no doubt, by some sharp-eyed collector in the "good old days" when collecting was oh so much simpler.
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Lot 1209
  1916-D. About Good-3 Reverse dents. The date and mintmark are clear on this key date, but there are two deep dents on the reverse, one between ONE and UNITED, the other on the M of DIME. A coin that should be inspected.
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Lot 1210
  1916-S. PCGS graded MS-66 Full Bands. Mercury. A lovely coin in every way, with deep peripheral toning on both sides atop abundant luster. Boldly struck, with full definition throughout and pristine surfaces.
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$1,150
Lot 1211
  1917. MS-65 Full Bands. A lovely coin with light golden toning and radiant luster beneath.
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$253
Lot 1212
  1917. MS-60+, Split Bands. Choice original toning.
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Lot 1213
  1917-D to 1939-D. About Good-3 to About Uncirculated. A partial date run of Mercury Dimes including the following: 1917-D, 1918, 1918-D, 1918-S, 1919-D, 1919-S, 1920, 1920-S, 1923, 1924, 1924-S (2 pieces), 1925 (2 pieces), 1925-D, 1925-S, 1926-D, 1926-S, 1927-S, 1928-D, 1928-S (2 pieces), 1929-D, 1930, 1931, 1931-D, 1931-S, 1935, 1935-D, 1935-S, 1936-D, 1938 and 1939-D. Grades range from About Good to About Uncirculated. Lot of 33 coins.
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$20
Lot 1214
  1917-S. MS-63. Speckled gold toning over abundant luster, well struck too. Nearly full bands.
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$334
Lot 1215
  1918-D. PCGS graded MS-64. Frosty and untoned. Well struck.
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Lot 1216
  1918-S. NGC graded MS-64. Light golden russet toning on both sides. Nearly full bands on the reverse.
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Lot 1217
  1919. MS-65 Full Bands. Lightly toned, well struck and a gem for the demanding numismatist.
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$460
Lot 1218
  1920. MS-60 Plus Split Bands. Original, with light tawny color. Well struck.
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Lot 1219
  1920-D. PCGS graded MS-62. Frosty and lustrous throughout, only a blush of toning starting to form. Softly struck at the extreme outer edges and on the central bands, as usual.
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$104
Lot 1220
  MS-66 Full Bands 1921 Dime. PCGS graded MS-66. One of the key dates to the Mercury Dime series, the 1921 Philadelphia issue is seldom found in gem condition. This one is a hair better, plus it has the further enhancement of a full band strike. PCGS has only graded 13 this high, with 2 coins graded higher. On this particular one we find frosty white surfaces, without a breath of toning, and untouched fields and devices. A coin that will excite the date collector who has rejected countless inferior examples looking for that one bright, fresh coin that we offer here.
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$4,945
Lot 1221
  1921-D. MS-64 Full Bands. Lightly toned with tawny brown around the edges. Boldly struck with full separation on the central bands, and all other devices crisp. One of the key dates in the Mercury Dime series, and seldom found in true Mint State condition, much less as a near gem with full bands. Minor hairlines from an ancient cleaning, but still worthy of a top-notch collection.
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Lot 1222
  1921-D. PCGS graded VF-20. One of the key dates to the series in a delightful collector grade.
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$167
Lot 1223
  1923. MS-63 Full Bands. A choice, lightly toned example. Clean surfaces for the grade.
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Lot 1224
  1926. MS-64. Frosty and lustrous, with somewhat mottled toning.
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Lot 1225
  1927-1945. MS-60 to MS-65. A partial date run including the following dates: 1927, 1929-S, 1934, 1936, 1936-S, 1937, 1937-D, 1937-S, 1938-D, 1938-S 1939, 1939-S, 1940, 1940-D, 1940-S, 1941, 1941-D, 1941-S, 1942, 1942-D, 1942-S, 1943, 1943-D, 1943-S, 1944, 1944-D, 1944-D, 1945, 1945-D and 1945-S Micro "S". The grades range from Mint State 60 to 65. Lot of 30 coins.
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$311
Lot 1226
  1927-D. PCGS graded MS-63. Lightly toned and choice for the grade.
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$242



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