Photo Denom Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 10C 1885S Seated 10C 1885-S
MS63 NGC
138848002

Original RETURNED
$6950
Key Date, Rare in All Grades, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Fully Struck, Special Opportunity. As a long time Liberty Seated dime collector and researcher, one gains a sense of the truly rare dates and also grade rarities for the design and denomination. 1885 San Francisco strikes are one of the most challenging to locate in any grade; even more difficult than the Carson City date from 1871 through 1874. The few examples seen have mostly had problems, some severe. PCGS population report indicates only ten examples have been graded at all mint state levels of preservation. CoinFacts indicates the last PCGS MS63 example was back in January 2005 while two NGC examples have made auction appears between 2010 to 2012. Talk about a scarce date! This nice original example offers surfaces with thick gray patina that is overlaid on top of a thin layer of gold. The base layer of gold is visible around the date digits. Strike is perfect and hammered with every device crisply defined. Under a bright light, the thick patina becomes semi transparent gold to the underlying luster which is somewhat muted. There are no blemishes whatsoever on this example. Ok, this piece does not have bold frosty luster but frankly, only two pieces are known with such and will easily be in the five figure range. This example, at the asking price, is fair value for one of the key dates in the Liberty Seated dime set. Mintage is a low 43,690 with nearly all reaching circulation. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. An important GFRC offering. Please note the vertical dark line below the base of the pole is a toning line. I have studied this line carefully under stereoscope to reach this conclusion.