1903-O 10C MS (PCGS# 4831)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 393
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A remarkably rare issue in Gem Mint State despite a respectable mintage of 8.1 million pieces, the 1903-O is actually the fourth-rarest New Orleans Mint Barber Dime in high grades. This assessment is per Jeff Ambio (<em>Collecting & Investing Strategies for Barber Dimes</em>, 2009), who also includes this impressively pedigreed example among the most significant survivors of the issue. Richly original surfaces exhibit mottled olive, charcoal-blue, pinkish-silver and pale-gold toning in a mostly iridescent quality. Softly frosted luster is suitably vibrant for this often subdued issue, and the strike is quite sharp apart from the often-seen softness of detail at the top of the obverse portrait. One of just 10-12 examples believed extant in MS-65 per Ambio, and a coin that would serve with distinction in the finest specialized collection.