Heritage’s various auctions taking place before, during and
immediately after the Florida United Numismatists show, held this year
Jan. 7 to 10 in Tampa, are a juggernaut that sets the pace for the
U.S. rare coin market in the coming year. Heritage’s first U.S. Coins
session, held on Jan. 6, featured some impressive error coins that
were led by a crazy undated Roosevelt dime that was struck on a nail.
Graded Mint State 65 by Professional Coin Grading Service, the error
made national mainstream news and sold for a huge $42,300.
1893 Barber dime error, Obverse die cap with brockage reverse, AU-55
A visually dramatic error, this 1893 Barber dime error has a
deep concave obverse and a brockage reverse. Graded About Uncirculated
55 by PCGS, the magnificent error that is substantially larger than a
“normal” Barber dime sold for $11,750.
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The catalog describes the unique circumstances behind this piece
writing, “The first strike for the present coin was between the
obverse die and the obverse of a previously struck coin. The latter
(not included) was ejected, but the present piece remained in the
coinage chamber, since the force of its first strike caused its rim to
partly wrap around (and attach to) the obverse die. A new planchet
(not included) was fed in for the second strike, which deepened the
die cap of the present coin and caused its brockaged reverse to
Capped dies are extremely rare on 19th century coins and this is
among the finest to come to auction in years.