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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1872-S H10C MM Below MPD FS-302 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

CLOSEUP OF ARTIFACT THAT MAY REPRESENT A MISPLACED DATE

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
510022
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Mintage:
837,000
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Auction Record:
$891 • NGC AU58 • 9-13-2011 • Stack's/Bowers
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Ron Guth: The 1872-S H10C FS-302 variety is believed to be a misplaced date based on the presence of a raised blob of metal just underneath the hem of Liberty's dress and slightly below and to the left of the pendant (see illustration above).  This variety first appeared in the Cherrypickers' Guide in their Fifth edition, Volume II.  There, the authors wrote: "The variety is controversial among specialists, who disagree as to whether these are misplaced numerals or die gouges."  Regardless of what the artifact is, it is plainly visible and therefore worthy of attention.  

As more and more examples of this variety are certified, we'll get a better picture of its true rarity.  In terms of condition, the best example appears to be the PCGS MS66 that sold for a bargain price of $940 in a Stack's/Bowers auction in 8/2016.