A 1894-S Barber Dime, Branch Mint PR66 PCGS CAC, the finest known survivor, gave one collector a once-in-a-generation opportunity to own one of the most famous, mysterious and elusive coins in American numismatics on Thursday, January 7, 2016, as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night offerings at the FUN Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Dime sells for $1,997,500.00 (inc. Buyers Premium) to buyer, texting his bids.
This is just the fourth auction appearance in history of this celebrated rarity.
“The 1894-S Barber dime is a classic in American coinage,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “This legendary coin is often grouped with the 1804 dollar and the 1913 Liberty nickel as ‘The Big Three’ of U.S. coin rarities. It has been the stuff of collector dreams since it was first mentioned in the numismatic press by Augustus Heaton in 1900.”
Only 24 Barber dimes were struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1894, apparently in order to balance a bullion account. No more than nine – and possibly only eight – examples of the 1894-S are known to collectors today, with this coin being the finest survivor certified by PCGS.
Congratulations to the new owner!