1919-S 10C, FB MS (PCGS# 4927)

2009 CSNS PN

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1919-S 10C MS66 Full Bands PCGS. When David Lange published the second edition of The Complete Guide to Mercury Dimes in 2005, he pegged the combined NGC/PCGS MS66 Full Bands population of this issue at four coins. In the intervening four years, the MS66 Full Bands total has increased by only a single coin, to five: two at PCGS, three at NGC. There is also one clearly phenomenal MS67 Full Bands example certified at PCGS (3/09), although it may equally be a "crackout" case of duplication. The 1919-S is scarce in all but the lowest grades according to Lange, who adds: "Uncirculated specimens of any grade are difficult to locate, and fully struck Gems are genuinely rare." The present example, while it is a "show-stopper" issue for many collectors (the few hardy, well-heeled specialists attempting a Mint State Full Bands complete set are another story), is but one of many incredible Mercury dimes (and other coins) in this sale that it has been our pleasure to catalog, all from the same consignor. The silvery surfaces boast splendid luster, with some accents of tawny gold appearing scattered about both sides. For pedigree purposes we note a couple of tiny scrapes on the upper fasces and a pair of ticks on Liberty's neck, which collectively perhaps prevent an even finer grade. The strike is unassailably bold throughout, of course, and the eye appeal is equally high. Registry Set collectors will no doubt sit up and take notice of the present piece. The other PCGS-certified MS66 Full Bands specimen currently resides in the #1 Full Bands All-Time Finest Basic Set, Circulation Strikes collection, although we do not find the above-mentioned MS67 Full Bands in a casual inspection. It is also clear that this piece would upgrade several of the other sets currently in the Top 10 positions. Population: 2 in 66 Full Bands, 1 finer (3/09). From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.
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