Co.’s Oct. 17, 2014, Collectors’ Auction in St. Charles, Mo.,
brought just over $1 million, realizing $1,115,119. The firm’s
auctions, including the latest, are notable for the wide range of
material that is offered, from complete sets of Liberty Head 5-cent
pieces to pieces of scarce paper currency.
key coins offered in the auction in the About Uncirculated grade show
the differences of quality within that grade, which is typically
segregated into the AU-50, AU-53, AU-55 and AU-58 grade levels. The
latter is often referred to in shorthand as “borderline Uncirculated.”
Here is one of those coins that graded About Uncirculated:
1916-D Winged Liberty Head dime is a classic 20th century key coin
from the first year of issue of the widely popular “Mercury” design.
The issue saw heavy circulation, and the most typically encountered
example is About Good 3 to Good 4. Somewhat surprising, especially
considering that people tend to save coins in their first year of
issuance at the time of issue, is that it is rare in grades above
Professional Coin Grading Service AU-55 example has a green Certified
Acceptance Corp. sticker, indicating quality within the grade.
Scotsman notes that the strike is bold, resulting in nearly fully
split bands on the reverse (although also noting several contact marks
on the bands). On the surfaces, the firm reports, “Coruscating luster
still revolves around the fields despite the light circulation, but
struggles slightly with the strictly vintage pewter-grey patina
endowed over the entire surface.”
dime brought $9,487.50, a price that is comparable to what AU-58
pieces have sold for at auction over the past few years.