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Gardner sale brings almost $20 million

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One thin dime went for a very fat $881,250 at the Heritage Eugene H. Gardner Collection auction June 23 in New York City.

The 1796 coin, which was graded MS-67 by the Professional Coin Grading Service, is the finest known example of the JR-1 variety.

Obverse of the 1796

Obverse of the MS-67 1796 JR-1 dime that sold for $881,250

Total prices realized exceeded $19.6 million for just 637 coins.

All prices realized include a 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.

The catalogers said the dime is the earliest die state known for any coin of the variety and that it possibly is a specimen strike.

An 1876-CC 20-cent piece brought $470,000. It was graded PCGS MS-64. It was once part of the famed Eliasberg Collection.

Close behind was a $440,625 price for a PCGS MS-63 Brown 1793 Chain AMERI cent.

It is one of just five that are certified to be in Mint State condition with only a Specimen example grading higher than this piece.

Realizing $396,562 was a PCGS MS-64 Brown 1793 Chain AMERICA cent.

A PCGS MS-68 1793 Wreath cent was gaveled for $329,000.

This was the first of four Gardner auctions. The next one will be held in October.

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