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: 1892 Barber dime,
The price: $3,760
: 1892 represents the first year
of Charles Barber’s dime, quarter dollar and half dollar. Some
people collect first-year coins for type purposes and this example,
graded PCGS MS-67 with a green
Certified Acceptance Corp.
sticker is an exceptional type coin.
The novelty of a new design meant that many people kept examples as
keepsakes, so coins that represent the first-year of a design often
have a high survival rate in high grades.
This is certainly the case with 1892 Barber dimes and this appealing
example sold for $3,760 against an estimate of $4,000 to $4,500.
Like many coins in Simpson’s collection, it exhibits attractive
toning, described by Legend as “a wonderful mix of pretty
green/gold/reddish gold swirls over the peripheries.”
PCGS’s population report records just 14 examples in MS-67 and its
condition census records two at MS-67+.
Read the rest of this Market Analysis on Simpson's Barber dimes:
Barber dime graded MS-66 sells for $44,650
the price for high-grade example of not-so-rare 1911 Barber dime