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: 1895-O Barber dime,
The price: $44,650
With a low mintage of 440,000,
the 1895-O Barber dime is the regular-issue key to the series. Even
in well-worn grades like About Good 3 it sells for more than $200.
In Mint State grades it is a legitimate rarity, with PCGS showing
just 10 graded MS-65, one in MS-66, and just one in MS-66+.
Simpson’s example previously sold in 2005 for $41,400 to Legend and
was placed directly into the Law Collection, according to the catalog.
At Heritage’s June
23, 2014, auction of the Gene Gardner Collection another example in
PCGS MS-65 with a green Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker showing
quality within the grade sold for $28,200. With that as a reference,
the $44,650 that Simpson’s example brought seems reasonable
considering the fact that it’s a well-known key date.
Legend adds, “You rarely see 1895-Os as satiny and lustrous as this,
which leads us to believe that this coin has been well protected from
the day it left the Mint.”
Read the rest of this Market Analysis on Simpson's Barber dimes:
the price for high-grade example of not-so-rare 1911 Barber dime
Barber dime from 1892 exhibits attractive toning
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