1873 10C Arrows DDO FS-101, F-103 AU55 Certification #15036925, PCGS #145495
Locating a choice and original 1873 With Arrows DDO example will take patience and considerable effort. Presently, I am aware of three coins in AU or higher grade with fully original surfaces; one sits in the collection of a major dealer, and two others including this example. The registry set dime was purchased in December 2008 after years of searching for a high grade fully original specimen (that someone would sell!). My example has mint state details with lovely original grey, brown, green and even rose toning. The original toning may be the result of a small mark below (D)IME that kept the coin from being dipped and sent to TPGs for a mint state slabbing attempt even though PCGS recently gave the dime a certified grade of AU55. I believed the original toning to be more important than the reverse mark and wholeheartedly welcomed this rare doubled die obverse example into my reference collection. Additional information and macro images are available at www.seateddimevarieties.com website at the following link; http://www.seateddimevarieties.com/date_mintmark/1873wa_103page.htm
The 1873 Doubled Die Obverse Dime is a dramatic error that shows wild doubling of the shield held by Liberty's right arm (viewer's left). This is a fairly scarce variety that is very difficult to find in high grade. The finest example appears to be the PCGS AU58 once owned by mega-collectors Bob Simpson and Eugene Gardner, which sold in June 2014 for a record $23,500.