The only known Branch Mint Proof 1876-CC Seated Liberty dime is
crossing the auction block July 17 after being off the market the past
The coin is the crown jewel of the Bob Simpson Collection of Proof
dimes to be offered in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency VIII Sale in
Las Vegas, Nev.
The coin is graded Specimen Proof 66+ by Professional Coin Grading
Service with a (BM) designation for a special Branch Mint strike.
It is also stickered by Certified Acceptance Corp.
The auction is being held in conjunction with the PCGS Members Only show.
The coin last traded hands June 12, 2010, when Legend
Numismatics sold the coin for in excess of $250,000 for placement
in the Simpson collection, according to Legend’s Laura Sperber.
The Proof dime set comprises 47 coins dated from 1859 through 1891.
Numismatic researchers cannot reach consensus as to why
the Proof 1876-CC Seated Liberty dime was struck. The LRCA lot
description suggests between two and five examples were struck.
The Proof 1876-CC Seated Liberty dime first came to light when it
was offered as the discovery piece in Stack’s Sept. 14 to 15, 1983,
auction, where it was described as “Choice Brilliant Proof.”
The dime reappeared in Superior Galleries’ Jan. 5, 2008, sale where
it realized $178,250. The coin was offered graded as PCGS Proof 65.
Sperber said despite selling his Proof dime collection, Simpson is
just as aggressive as ever in his collecting. She said he has moved
his focus into other areas.
Simpson’s most recent news-making purchase is the PCGS Proof 67,
CAC, 1922 Peace, High Relief dollar that realized $458,250 in the June
2 portion of Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers Pre-Long
The Regency VIII auction will be held in Delfino #4003 at The
Venetian/The Palazzo, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., in Las Vegas.
Details about the auction can be found online.