A 125-Year-Old Dime Just Sold for $1.32 Million

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August 21, 2019Trendingshare
A 125-Year-Old Dime Just Sold for $1.32 Million
A Utah businessman paid $1.32 million for a dime last week at a Chicago coin auction. (Professional Coin Grading Servic)

A Utah businessman paid $1.32 million for a dime last week at a Chicago coin auction.

It wasn’t just any 10-cent piece; the 1894-S Barber Dime is one of only 24 that were ever made, according to Stack’s Bowers Galleries, which held the auction Thursday night.

Only nine of the coins are confirmed to still exist.

The coin was purchased by Dell Loy Hansen, who also owns the Real Salt Lake MLS team.

Hansen is an avid coin collector and is working toward a collection that includes an example of every coin ever made by the US Mint from 1792 to the present, said John Brush, president of David Lawrence Rare Coins, who is helping Hansen curate his collection and was in Chicago to bid on the dime.

“When you’re bidding a million dollars on a coin, it’s nerve-wracking,” Brush said. “You kind of get the sweaty palms, because that’s a lot of money.”

Brush said Hansen needs only six coins to complete his collection, but they are not available for sale.

The 1894-S is known as a Barber Dime because it was designed by engraver Charles E. Barber, who designed many coins for US Mints.

The coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint on June 9, 1894, the Professional Coin Grading Service said in a statement. The service certified the coin’s condition and authenticity.

The dime once belonged to Jerry Buss, the late owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. It last went up for auction in 1988.

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss attends the Friars Club Lifetime Achievement Award Gala honoring Earvin “Magic” Johnson at the Friar’s Club of California on Oct. 27, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California. (Robert Mora/File Photo via Getty Images)

Another 1894-S dime sold in 2016 to an anonymous buyer for almost $2 million.

Lewis Chessmen Piece

A chess piece purchased for a few pounds by an antiques dealer in Scotland in 1964 has been identified as one of the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen, among the greatest artifacts of the Viking era.

Sotheby’s auction house announced that the chess piece was sold for $735,000 at an auction early July.

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A newly discovered Lewis Chessman on display at Sotheby’s in London, on July 2. (Tristan Fewings/Sotheby’s via AP)

The Lewis Chessmen are intricate, expressive chess pieces in the form of Norse warriors, carved from walrus ivory in the 12th century.

Sotheby’s European sculpture expert Alexander Kader said the find is “one of the most exciting and personal rediscoveries to have been made during my career.”

NTD News reporter GQ Pan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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