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    Gorgeous Mini-Morgan Dime

    Pattern: 1879 P10c PCGS/CAC Proof 65+ DCAM (J-1586) ex: Simpson

    $28,500.00
     

    Via Heritage Auctions "The "Morgan dime" design, with a head of Liberty similar to that on the Morgan dollar. The legend rings the rim, with date 1879 below. On the reverse, ONE DIME is enclosed, first by E PLURIBUS UNUM and 13 stars, then by a circle of beads, finally by a wreath of corn, cotton, tobacco, and wheat. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Examples were also struck in copper. An estimated 12 to 15 pieces are believed extant in each metal." Fully struck frosty devices standout boldly against deeply mirrored fields. Warm golden toning frames snowy white central design elements creating outstanding eye appeal. CAC approved for quality. PCGS+ grade for premium quality at the top of end of the assigned grade.


    Struck by General Motors!

    General Motors Pattern: 1967 1c NGC MS62 BN (P-4055, 100% Copper, 4.49 grams)

    $7,600.00
     

    Similar to the Pollock-4055 pattern cent, this Pollock-Unlisted cent is believed to be from the experimental roller press that General Motors created for the Mint. This piece is simpler than the Pollock-4055 and is therefore thought to predate it. In the 1960s, there was a coin shortage that caused the U.S. Mint to contract General Motors to create a coin press with the capacity of 10,000 per minute. GM developed a small-scale prototype that was promising enough for the Mint to commission a full-scale press. However, although the press worked as planned, the maintenance required to keep the press running was its downfall. The machine had to be shut down to replace cracked dies, the dies were cracking more often due to the speed and the press and its dies required frequent lubrication, and some of the oil leaked onto the metal strips used for coins, causing an undesirable ripple effect. The only lasting evidence of this press are the prototype coins printed in the press, such as this one.