Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction X in
Las Vegas was highlighted by the Bob Simpson Mint State Barber dime
collection, which is ranked as number one on the Professional Coin
Grading Service registry. Per Legend, the set started as the Law
Collection back in 1994. When the collector who assembled the Law
Collection retired in 2009, Legend sold the set to Simpson, who
improved upon it. Simpson decided to sell it due to a lack of space
and a change in collecting tastes, and Legend aimed to provide
pre-sale estimates that represented its perception of the current
Here is one of three Barber dimes from
the Simpson Collection Coin World is analyzing:
The coin: 1911 Barber dime,
The price: $30,550
A 1911 Barber dime is not a
particularly rare coin, having a large mintage of 18,870,000 pieces.
In low grades, it’s a bullion coin that trades for a tiny premium
over its silver value.
In high grades, such as this one graded MS-68+, with a Certified Acceptance
Corp. sticker, it is a rarity. PCGS has graded no other examples
of this date in this grade and none finer. According to Legend, this
coin has never been to auction.
Legend calls the colorful coin with shades of blue, green, violet
and gold a masterpiece. The description adds, “What a spectacularly
toned MS Barber Dime! This borderline MS69’s remarkable state of
preservation truly defies logic! The satiny surfaces are ‘as made,’
with not even a microscopic imperfection to be found.”
A coin like this has multiple audiences. Beyond Barber dime
aficionados, it may also appeal to people putting together high grade
type sets, or those who appreciate toned coins.
It sold for $30,550, surpassing its estimate of $20,000 to $25,000.
Simpson’s 1910 Barber dime in the same grade sold for $23,500 against
the same estimate.
Read the rest of this Market Analysis on Simpson's Barber dimes:
Barber dime graded MS-66 sells for $44,650
Barber dime from 1892 exhibits attractive toning
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