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Rare dime goes for $1.997 million at auction in Tampa

This rare 1894 dime is one of only nine thought to still exist. Only 24 were made.

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This rare 1894 dime is one of only nine thought to still exist. Only 24 were made.

TAMPA — Whatever disparaging cliche you've heard about the lowly dime — dime a dozen, nickel and dimed, dime's worth of difference — it's not true of this dime.

No, this particular coin that went to auction Thursday evening in Tampa is worth way more than 10 cents.

10News WTSP reports that a private collector paid $1.997 million for it during an auction Thursday at a coin collectors convention in Tampa.

The 1894-S dime, belonging to a private owner who is remaining anonymous, was struck at the San Francisco Mint. Only 24 were made, and only nine likely still exist.

Numismatic experts say the dime is a rare icon in the coin collector's world and is in perfect condition.

The coin was auctioned during the Florida United Numismatists show.

Associated Press and 10News WTSP

Rare dime goes for $1.997 million at auction in Tampa 01/07/16 [Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2016 8:48pm]
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