Variety 101

 Obverse 1: Medium Level Date, Partial S

Reverse A: Small CC, [mm Lt,L]


Obverse 1                                               Reverse A


Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)                    Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)


Comments: 1872-CC dimes can be found with both full and soft strikes. However, many examples have surface porosity problems which is typical for the Carson City dimes of 1871 through 1874. Reverse A will begin to exhibit a die crack through the mintmark on some 1872 strikes and then on all 1873-CC and 1874-CC examples.

Take care in locating truly original 1871 through 1874 Carson City dimes in either uncertified or certified condition. I have seen several higher grade EF and AU grade Carson City dimes in professional grading service holders that were not original, rather having been artificially toned to improve the attractiveness of the coin. When a collector does locate an original and problem free 1871 through 1874 Carson dime, be prepared to pay a strong premium to acquire the example.

Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, PCGS EF45

The Stack's Bowers Battle Born Collection auction (August 9, 2012) featured an uncirculated 1872-CC dime which brought final bid of $160,000 without buyer's premium. Below are the Stack's Bowers website images and provenance description.

1872-CC PCGS MS63 - Battle Born Collection

Stack's Bowers Lot 11103 - August 2012 ANA Sale


Stack's Bowers provenance statement; From the Battle Born Collection. Earlier from Stack's sale of the James A. Stack, Sr. Collection of United States Coins; and American Numismatic Rarities' Kennywood Collection sale, January 2005, lot 375; Rusty Goe, January 2005.



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