1873 Dime Sells for $1.6M
It was minted in Carson City
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2012 6:14 PM CDT
The 1873 dime minted in Carson City. It sold for $1.6 million.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(Newser) – A one-of-a-kind dime minted in 1873 sold for $1.6 million at a Philadelphia auction last night, reports AP. The coin depicts a seated Lady Liberty, and it is thought to be the lone survivor from a one-day minting of dimes at the renowned (in coin circles, anyway) mint in Carson City, Nevada. Another 110 coins also went up for auction, one of each coin minted in Carson City before its facility closed in 1893. Total haul: $10 million. Total face value of the coins: About $600, according to USA Today, which has more explanation on why collectors were so bowled over.

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Aug 11, 2012 6:58 AM CDT
I got change for my laundry one time at a 7-11 that was a full roll of perfect mint 1932 silver quarters. I have no idea how an entire roll made it into circulation because this wasn't but maybe a decade ago, and it coming directly from the bank that 7-11 uses, but I really lucked out. Sold half of them for 3$ a pop. Still got a couple to this day.
Aug 10, 2012 11:07 PM CDT
Wow, that's like 16,000,000 dimes! That's like a 16 million-to-one ratio! That's like the difference between my pocket change and Mitts.
Aug 10, 2012 9:20 PM CDT
Buddy, can you spare a dime?