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Stacks Bowers Offers 1894-S Barber Dime Rarity at ANA

The Famous 1894-S Barber Proof Dime — Did You Know?

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / Wednesday, July 03, 2019 / Categories: Did You Know?

​Did you know Stack's Bowers Galleries is showcasing the famous 1894-S dime in our official auction of the ANA World's Fair of Money?  Among great American coin rarities, the 1894-S dime stands high in the front rank. The appearance of one in the marketplace is always a cause for excitement. Over a long period of years Stack's Bowers Galleries has offered several, always to excitement and acclaim.

Now comes another—a coin that has been off the market for more than three decades and is fresh to most of the present generation of bidders. This coin is an old friend, so to speak, as Stack's sold it in January 1953 as a highlight in the F.S. Guggenheimer Collection, after which it passed through other hands to Los Angeles sports magnate Jerry Buss. It was last sold 31 years ago. Now, at the forthcoming ANA World's Fair of Money in August, it will cross the block again as part of the E. Horatio Morgan Collection, a private cabinet comprising many treasures. It has been graded Proof-63 by PCGS, a branch Mint Proof. Of the 24 coins minted (of which 19 were distributed), only nine can be traced today. Although Stack's Bowers Galleries has handled more than its share of rarities, it has been 12 years since we last offered an 1894-S dime. All eyes will be on the Rarities Night Session, Thursday, August 15, 2019 when this prize is presented for auction.

Learn more about the history of the 1894-S dime.