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1814 10C Large Date S.S. Central America #2 (with Pinch) (Regular Strike)

Series: Capped Bust Dimes 1809-1837

PCGS AG3

PCGS AG3

PCGS #:
688170
Designer:
John Reich
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Weight:
2.70 grams
Mintage:
421,500
Metal:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
N/A
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Ron Guth:

One of the interesting aspects of the second salvage operation on the wreck of the S.S. Central America was the discovery of a large number of silver coins. Included were a large number of "old tenor" coins -- those whose weight exceeded their face value - such as Draped Bust Dimes and pre-1853 Dimes.

The earliest dated Dime in the S.S. Central America salvage, and the only example of the date discovered there, was an 1814 Large Date that PCGS certified as AG3. Thpough the condition is poor, this is a coin with a tremendous story. It has travelled in countless pants pockets and purses, sailed down the western coast of America, crossed the isthmus of Panama, sailed up the eastern coast of America, was lost in a hurricane, then recovered a century and a half later. If only this coin could talk!